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Rear Adm. Barbara McGann


Rear Adm. Barbara E. McGann
Provost, Naval War College

Rear Admiral Barbara E. McGann earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Massachusetts, and was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island in March 1970.

Her first duty station was Naval Air Station, Meridian, Mississippi, where she was the Public Affairs Officer. She reported to Navy Recruiting District, Los Angeles in 1972, where she served as an Officer Recruiter for two years. In 1974 she was assigned to Headquarters, Navy Recruiting Command, Washington D. C., as Assistant Director in the Plans and Policy Division. Her next tour was as the assignment officer for junior Surface Warfare Officers at the Bureau of Naval Personnel from 1976 to 1978.

In April 1978, Rear Admiral McGann was transferred to the Pentagon to work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Personnel Policy Division. Following that tour, she reported to Navy Recruiting District, Iselin, New Jersey, where she served as the Executive Officer from 1980 to 1982.

After graduation from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, in November 1983, Rear Admiral McGann served as a special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs from 1983 to 1985. Her next tour of duty was as an Assignment Officer at Navy Personnel Command from 1985 to 1987.

After promotion to Commander, she assumed command of Naval Support Activity, Holy Loch, Scotland, in June 1987. During this time she was designated as a Joint Specialty Officer. After two years in command, Rear Admiral McGann was assigned to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations where she served as Head of Middle East, Africa and South Asia Plans and Policy. In September 1990, she became the Executive Assistant to the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command. In May 1991, she returned to command when she assumed the duties of Commander, Navy Recruiting Area Eight, San Francisco, California. Following this tour in 1993, Rear Admiral McGann taught Strategic Studies as a Fellow at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

In June 1994, Rear Admiral McGann assumed the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half) and assumed the duties of Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Total Force Programming and Manpower. She became Commander, Navy Recruiting Command in September 1996. In July 1997, she was promoted to Rear Admiral (Upper Half). In September 2000, she assumed duties as Provost, Naval War College.

Rear Admiral McGann holds a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, and a Master of Arts Degree in Foreign Affairs from Georgetown University, Washington, D. C.

Her personal Decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


CEO, American Red Cross of Rhode Island

Former Provost of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, Rear Adm. Barbara McGann was named Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Rhode Island upon her retirement from the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2002.

April 22, 2002
Newport, R.I. -- The American Red Cross of Rhode Island has named Naval War College Provost, Rear Adm. Barbara McGann (USN Ret.), their new Executive Director, effective upon her retirement from the Navy this summer.

"It is an honor to be joining a truly professional organization which prides itself on service to this great country," said McGann. "The Red Cross of Rhode Island has set an extremely high standard, and I hope to continue their tremendous efforts."

A 32-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, McGann brings a wealth of experience to the Red Cross. For the last two years, she has served as the Provost at the Naval War College, where she has overseen the College's academic and research programs, as well as a world-renowned faculty. The War College serves as the premier center of strategic thought and National Security policy innovation for the Navy. In addition to American students, McGann has had the opportunity to guide the college's nearly 100 international students who attend each year.

"Working with people from all walks of life and every corner of the world is an experience that will hopefully serve me well in my new job," said McGann.

Rear Adm. Barbara McGann

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island serves over one million people in Rhode Island and surrounding communities. Relying on a team of over 200 volunteers, the Rhode Island Red Cross provided emergency food, clothing and shelter to over 300 families who were displaced by house fire in 2001. In that same period, the organization also taught over 15,000 Rhode Islanders vital skills including CPR, First Aid, Babysitting and Water Safety.

In 1990, McGann led the Chief of Naval Operations office for Middle East, Africa and South Asia Policy and Plans. Four years later, she was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral, and in 1996 was named Commander of Navy Recruiting Command.

McGann is no stranger to Rhode Island and the New England area. Born and raised in Newport, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass. and a Master of Science degree from Salve Regina University. McGann has also served four tours in Newport, including her first when she was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School. In addition to her present assignment as Provost, McGann was also a student and faculty member at the Naval War College during her Naval service.

McGann has received many awards and accolades throughout her career including the Navy's Distinguished Service Medal and an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Roger Williams University. In September, McGann will be presented with the 2002 'History Maker' award by the Rhode Island Historical Society's Newell D. Goff Institute for Ingenuity and Enterprise Studies. The award is given yearly to pioneers in innovation whose careers reflect their Rhode Island roots.

by Lt. David Ausiello

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