|Rear Admiral Edward S. (Skip) McGinley, II, USN (Ret.) - SA-TECH Advisory Board Member|
Rear Admiral Edward S. (Skip) McGinley, II, USN (Ret.)
Admiral McGinley was born and raised in Allentown, PA. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1961, he entered the submarine service, eventually serving on three submarines. One of his first duties was in clandestine support of the Cuban missile crisis.
Lieutenant McGinley was designated an Engineering Duty Officer in 1967. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970 with master's and engineer's degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, where he was selected for the honorary societies of Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. He then reported to the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk as Head of the Submarine Systems Analysis Division. In 1972 he received a master's degree in Industrial Management from George Washington University.
In early 1973 Lieutenant Commander McGinley reported to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, where he worked in the overhaul of nuclear submarines. In 1976 he became Repair Officer of the submarine tender USS SIMON LAKE (AS 33) in Rota, Spain, maintaining SSBN Submarine Squadron 16. In 1978 he transferred to the Charleston Naval Shipyard. One of his more unusual duties there was the fast conversion of a British ship for duties in the Falklands War. While there, he also was selected for and attended the Executive Program at the University of Virginia. In 1983 Captain McGinley reported to Mare Island Naval Shipyard as Production Officer. He subsequently commanded the Norfolk Naval Shipyard from 1987 to 1990, after which he was promoted to flag rank. During his tenure at the shipyard, it won the Secretary of the Navy Environmental Protection Award for 1987, the Office of Management and Budget Quality Improvement Prototype Award for 1988, the Institute of Industrial Engineers Quality and Productivity Award for 1989, and the Senate Productivity Award for Continuous Improvement in 1990. After his shipyard command, Rear Admiral (RADM) McGinley was assigned to Hawaii as Pacific Fleet Maintenance Officer, in charge of upkeep, repair, and modernization of all fleet ships, submarines, and aircraft. During this time, the Pacific Fleet supported Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and the Subic Bay Naval Base was evacuated and closed, transferring all ship repair work to the private sector, mostly in Southeast Asia. In 1993, he was assigned command of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Navy's largest laboratory and testing command, and in 1994 was appointed as Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, the Navy's engineering center for ships. RADM McGinley was the Navy's senior Engineering Duty Officer at the time of his retirement on September 1, 1996.
Subsequent to his leaving the Navy, RADM McGinley entered the private sector as a member of the Executive Management Team with the Fluor Corporation, where he was Vice President for Project Direction for their prime contract at the DOE nuclear weapons site cleanup at Hanford, Washington. He later became Fluor's Director for Government Services in Washington, D.C., during which time he secured the largest construction contract in seven years in Hawaii, the Navy's rebuilding of Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. He has subsequently become an independent consultant, principally to the Institute for Defense Analyses, and secondarily to a small number of national and international corporations.
His service decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal (both with gold star), among others. He is included in "Who's Who in America." RADM McGinley has held several offices in the American Society of Naval Engineers, and the United Way. He is past President of the Capitol Hill Exchange Club, and a member of the Washington, DC Rotary Club.