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Victor G. Guillory
Rear Admiral Victor G. Guillory
Nickname Vic
Place of birth New Orleans, Louisiana
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Commands held Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command
Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet
Awards Legion of Merit (3)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Navy Commendation Medal (with Combat V) (2)
Navy Achievement Medal
Combat Action Ribbon




Rear Admiral Victor G. Guillory, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Technology. His early sea assignments were aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Towers (DDG-9), the guided-missile frigate USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG-23), the cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49) and as the commissioning executive officer in the cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG-64). He commanded the guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG-36) and the cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57).

Ashore, Guillory's assignments included a brief recruiting tour in his hometown of New Orleans and several Washington-area assignments including the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as the Surface Warfare Division branch head for Combat Systems, and as the assistant deputy director for Surface Ships. He also served in the Joint Staff as the J-3, Current Readiness branch chief.

Guillory was selected for flag officer in early 2004 and assumed command of Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet and Amphibious Group 1 | Expeditionary Strike Group 7 in October 2004. During this tour, he was responsible for Joint and Combined amphibious operations throughout the Western Pacific. In addition, he served as the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces for Combined Support Force 535 (Southeast Asia Tsunami Relief Operations) in early 2005.

In December 2006, Guillory returned to Washington D.C. and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as the deputy director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86B). He assumed the duties as director of Surface Warfare in October 2007 and the responsibility for the warfighting requirements and resources for all surface combatant ships and combat systems. In June 2009, Guillory was selected to assume command of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet.

Guillory is a graduate of the National Defense University (Industrial College of the Armed Forces) and he is also the 2009 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Leadership.[1]

Combat Service

While assigned to the USS Vincennes, Lieutenant Commander Guillory served in the capacity as the Operations department officer with duties as Tactical Action Officer (TAO) during general quarters. LCDR Guillory was seated next to Captain Will C. Rogers III in CIC and played a significant role in the gun battle with surface combatant vessels of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) and the subsequent actions against Iran Air Flight 655 on July 3, 1988.[2]


Guillory's awards include:

Gold award star
Gold award star
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Gold award star
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Valor device
Gold award star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg
Combat Action Ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award-3d.svg Battle-e-ribbon 2nd award.png
Navy Expeditionary ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg AFEMRib.svg
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Humanitarian Service ribbon.svg
Bronze service star
Bronze service star
Bronze service star
Bronze service star
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit w/2 Gold Stars Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal w/Gold Star Navy Commendation Medal w/Gold Star & Valor device Navy Achievement Medal
Combat Action Ribbon Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy "E" Ribbon
Navy Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


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