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					                      Rear Admiral Scott R. Van Buskirk
                    Commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine
                  Commander, Abraham Lincoln Strike Group
Rear Admiral Van Buskirk, a native of Petaluma, Calif., graduated from the
United States Naval Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in
Management Technology. After initial nuclear training, his first assignment
was on USS Seawolf (SSN 575), from April 1981 to August 1984, where he
served in a variety of division officer billets before finishing his tour as
Weapons Officer. His next assignment was as a student at the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. where he earned a Master's Degree
in Telecommunications Systems Management.

Following completion of Submarine Officers Advanced Course in October
1986, Rear Adm. Van Buskirk reported as Engineer Officer aboard USS Salt
Lake City (SSN 716). In February 1989, he transferred to USS Tunny (SSN
682) where he served as Navigator and Operations Officer until August
1990.



Rear Adm. Van Buskirk then served in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs as Congressional Liaison through
April 1992. As Congressional Liaison he coordinated Navy Research and Development program testimony to
the Senate and House Armed Services Committees and Base Realignment and Closure Committee. For his
next sea tour, he served as Executive Officer aboard USS Georgia (SSBN 729) GOLD thru October 1994
where he completed three strategic deterrent patrols. Following his Executive Officer tour, he was assigned
as the Flag Secretary and Senior Aide to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Rear Adm. Van Buskirk assumed command of USS Pasadena (SSN 752) in October 1996. During this tour,
Pasadena conducted an Eastern Pacific deployment in support of Teamwork South and a Western Pacific
deployment. The ship received the 1998 Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet Golden Anchor Award and earned
the Submarine Squadron Seven Battle "E" for 1998. Immediately following his command tour, he reported
to the Bureau of Naval Personnel and served as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel for
Legislative Matters. In March 2001, Rear Adm. Van Buskirk assumed command of Submarine Development
Squadron Twelve, overseeing five submarines and Submarine Force tactical development. Following
squadron command, he assumed duties as Chief of Staff, Commander Submarine Force/U.S. Atlantic Fleet,
Commander Submarines Atlantic.

Rear Adm. Van Buskirk was selected for Flag Officer in 2004 and served his initial Flag assignment as
Commander, Task Force Total Force. The task force was established in December 2004 to oversee the
development of the Navy's Human Capital Strategy. In December 2005, Rear Adm. Van Buskirk reported as
Deputy DCS Strategic Effects, Multi-National Force - Iraq. In March 2007, he reported to his current
command as Commander Carrier Strike Group Nine.

He is entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious
Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and
several unit and service awards.

				
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