HONORING THE DEDICATED SERVICE OF VICE ADMIRAL SCOTT VAN BUSKIRK; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 106
(Extensions of Remarks - July 23, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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    HONORING THE DEDICATED SERVICE OF VICE ADMIRAL SCOTT VAN BUSKIRK

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                            HON. JOE WILSON

                           of south carolina

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, July 23, 2013

  Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Vice 
Admiral Scott Van Buskirk of the Department of the Navy, who is 
retiring after more than 34 years of faithful service to our Nation. 
Vice Admiral Van Buskirk is a career Submariner, Mariner, and 
Warfighter, leading to his position as the Chief of Naval Personnel and 
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and 
Education.
  A native of Petaluma, California, Vice Admiral Van Buskirk graduated 
from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and received his master's 
degree at the Naval Postgraduate School. Throughout his tenure in the 
United States Navy, he has served ashore in the Navy Office of 
Legislation Affairs, the Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Bureau 
of Naval Personnel, and the Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Posts 
at sea have included service aboard the USS Seawolf (SSN 575), USS Salt 
Lake City (SSN 716), USS Tunny (SSN 682), and USS Georgia (SSBN 729)

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GOLD, and commander of the USS Pasadena (SSN 752) and Submarine 
Development Squadron 12. As a flag officer he has served throughout the 
world, including in Iraq and Japan.
  I am grateful to know Vice Admiral Van Buskirk personally while he 
served as the Navy's 56th Chief of Naval Personnel where he has been 
responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, 
personnel, training, and education resources for the U.S. Navy. He 
astutely managed an annual operating budget of $29 billion and has 
passionately led over 20,000 employees engaged in the recruiting, 
personnel management, training, and development of Navy personnel.
  It is through the commitment and sacrifice of Americans like Vice 
Admiral Scott Van Buskirk that our nation is able to continue upon the 
path of democracy and strive for the betterment of mankind. I am proud, 
Mr. Speaker, as an appreciative fellow Naval Academy family, to thank 
him and his family for his honorable service to our Nation with the 
United States Navy. In the tradition of the sea services, of which my 
own family proudly plays a part, I wish him fair winds and following 
seas as he concludes a distinguished career of service to our Nation 
and Navy.

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