Admiral Michael Mullen is a Princeton University professor and a retired United States Navy Admiral. He was appointed by both President George Bush and President Barack Obama to serve as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces.
Michael also served as the Commander of the US Naval Forces Europe and of the Allied Joint Force Command Naples, and as the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He was the third officer in the Navy’s history to be appointed to four separate four-star assignments.
During his time in the military, he fought in both the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War, and received multiple military ribbons for distinguished service. He was also appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia and awarded a German Federal Cross of Merit. After more than 43 years of service, he retired from the Navy in 2011.
In 2013, he joined both the Board of Directors of Sprint Nextel Corp and the board of General Motors.