Mike Mullen is a retired US Navy admiral. He served as the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president’s principal military advisor, from 2007 until 2011. From 2005 to 2007, Admiral Mullen was the 28th chief of naval operations, the Navy’s highest-ranking officer. As chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he was instrumental in integrating Special Operations forces into US military activities, including presiding over the military’s role in targeting Osama bin Laden. He guided the US Armed Forces through difficult phases in both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and oversaw humanitarian operations from Haiti to Japan. He built critical relationships with some of the most complex stakeholders in the international community, including Russia, China, and Pakistan. Passionate about the health and welfare of US troops and military families, he and his wife, Deborah, continue to devote much of their time to advancing important support initiatives.