ABOUT THE BOOK
Covering almost four decades of naval service, SEA DETAIL is the story of one naval officer’s career at sea and ashore. From the Vietnam War to the War on Terror, Admiral Sullivan was a participant in world events throughout the last quarter of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first. From his early days as a junior officer to his rise through the ranks to vice admiral, we watch history unfold through his eyes. As a young junior officer, he learns his trade, makes mistakes and grows through experiences, both good and bad. With his college sweetheart by his side, he balances the excitement of adventures at sea and in foreign ports and the ache of long separations from his family. His is a compelling story, rich with the experience of participating in world events and self-discovery as each assignment shapes his life and that of his family. His experiences as the commanding officer of two ships superbly detail the challenges and responsibilities our Navy places on ship captains. Achieving flag rank, his perspective changes from the narrow concentration of commanding a warship to the broader strategic challenges of national security. Admiral Sullivan’s tale will carry you around the world, from the frozen climes north of the Arctic Circle to the brutal heat of the Persian Gulf. His experiences in the Pentagon, at the White House, in front of Congress and at NATO Headquarters provide uncanny insights into our nation’s national security apparatus at work. This is a compelling story, one of the thousands that can be told by those who have served our country in uniform.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vice Admiral William D. Sullivan is the former U.S. Military Representative (US MILREP) to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. He represented the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) in deliberations and actions on the Military Committee, the highest military authority of NATO. He also worked closely with military representatives of NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations to develop policy recommendations for the political authorities of the Alliance.
Before assuming his duties as the US MILREP, Vice Adm. Sullivan served as the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff, responsible for the formulation of joint strategic plans, documents, and studies on current and future military strategy and for international negotiations.
A 1972 graduate of Florida State University, Vice Adm. Sullivan received his commission following completion of Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I.
Vice Adm. Sullivan has served at sea in cruiser and destroyer type ships and Battle Group staff assignments. He commanded the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 10) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) during combat operations in the Persian Gulf.
Ashore, Vice Adm. Sullivan has served in a variety of staff assignments including a previous tour on the Joint Staff in the Directorate for Operations. As a Flag Officer, he commanded U.S. Naval Forces, Korea, from September 1999 to September 2001. He was then assigned to the U.S. Pacific Command as Director for Strategy and Plans from September 2001 to June 2003.
Vice Adm. Sullivan earned a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University in 1990 and a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College in 1994.