Vice Adm. (Ret.) Barry M. Costello, USN
Vice Adm. (Ret.) Barry M. Costello, a native of Vermont, attended Holy Cross College and was commissioned an ensign through the NROTC Program in 1973. He reported as Commander, 3rd Fleet, in May 2005 following a tour as Chief of Legislative Affairs, and retired from military service in June 2007.
His sea tours include: navigator in USS Brownson (DD 868); weapons officer in USS Whipple (FF 1062); operations officer of Destroyer Squadron 5; executive officer in USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986); commanding officer in USS Elliot (DD 967); assistant chief of staff for operations, 3rd Fleet; Commander, Destroyer Squadron 23; Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 1, Constellation Strike Group Commander, and Commander Task Force 55 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Vice Adm. Costello attended Albany Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor, and he is a member of the New York State Bar. He also attended the College of Naval Command and Staff where he was selected as honor graduate, graduating With Distinction, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs. He has participated in the National Security program at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Vice Adm. Costello’s primary shore assignments included Joint Planner in the Operational and Interoperability Directorate (J7), the Joint Staff; Principal Deputy for Senate Liaison in the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs; and Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy (J5), the Joint Staff.
Awards and Decorations
- Order of the British Empire
- Defense Distinguished Service Medal
- Navy Distinguished Service Medal
- Legion of Merit with two gold award stars
- Bronze Star
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal with two gold award stars
- Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold award star