FORT MEADE, Md. - Reserve deputy commander, U.S. 10th Fleet, Rear Adm. Gerald W. Clusen, participated in his retirement ceremony held at Fort Meade, Md., Sept. 19.
Clusen, a native of Manitowoc, Wis., is marking the conclusion of 42-years of distinguished naval service with his retirement.
“[Clusen] began his career on a platform that was used during the second world war and involved in what at the time was the nation’s foremost conflict: Vietnam,” said Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ U.S. Tenth Fleet, and the ceremony’s presiding officer. “It seems only fitting, today he ends his career on the platform of the 21st century involved the cutting edge and future of the Navy [at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command].”
“Stop and think about that for a minute,” Rogers said.
Clusen enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 1971 in Sheboygan, Wis. He subsequently graduated Electronics Technician “A” school at Naval Station Great Lakes, Great Lakes, Ill.
After active duty service, including earning a combat action ribbon while underway off the coast of Vietnam, he became a drilling reservist.
He worked his way through the enlisted ranks and was promoted to chief petty officer in 1981. Two years later, he received a direct commission as a special duty officer (cryptology), today known as information warfare officer.
“I have covered a lot of ground during my time in uniform and have grown as a person,” said Clusen. “I owe a debt of gratitude to all the people I have served with over the years.”
His time in the Navy Reserve includes several active duty assignments in the Information Dominance Corps, including most recently as acting deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet.
“In our field of information warfare we are incredibly proud of the contributions our people make every day,” said Rear Adm. William E. Leigher, director of Warfare Integration for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6F), and the ceremony’s guest speaker. “[Clusen’s] accomplishments during his 42-year career have been incredibly diverse and very productive.”
According to Clusen, he never planned on making a career out of the Navy, but is thankful to have had the opportunity to serve his country for 42 years.
“It has truly been an honor to serve our nation and the U.S. Navy,” said Clusen. “I am thankful for the opportunity to be shaped by an organization of people who sincerely care about what they do and are committed to getting the job done.”
Rear. Adm. Clusen is not quite finished serving yet, however.
He will remain as acting deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet, which will include a stint as acting commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet, until Sept. 28.
His retirement is official Oct. 1.