Retired US Navy Admiral; Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mike Mullen is a retired US Navy admiral. He was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president’s principal military advisor, from 2007 until 2011, leading the military during a critical period of transition. Mullen also spearheaded the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. From 2005 to 2007, he was chief of naval operations, the Navy’s highest-ranking officer, culminating a naval career in which he commanded at every level. He and his wife, Deborah, remain staunch advocates of veterans and their families on a broad range of issues. Mullen serves on the boards of General Motors and Sprint.