Colley, Michael C., VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1992-1993, 9421, Offutt AFB, NE, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
Service Years
1960 - 1993
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Cold War
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Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Gulf Shores, AL

Date of Passing
Jan 19, 2013
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Strategic Command Badge US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Award for Antisubmarine Warfare Excellence Efficiency Excellence Award

 Military Association Memberships
Naval Submarine League
  1965, Naval Submarine League

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Vice Admiral Michael Christian Colley, USN Retired

´┐╝VADM Michael C. Colley, born in Wheaton, Minnesota, on 19 February 1938, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on 19 January 2013. Colley received a Congressional appointment from Beaverton, OR, and graduated with distinction on 8 June 1960 as a member of the Third Company. Following graduation, he married Arlen Schneider from his high school class and served on PRICHETT (DD-561) from which he was selected for submarines and the Navy Nuclear Program with training at Mare Island and Idaho Falls, and special training at Westinghouse. He subsequently served on JAMES MADISON (SSBN-627) and CASIMIR PULASKI (SSBN-633) before attending Naval Postgraduate School. After a tour as Executive Officer of SUNFISH (SSN-649), he servedon Admiral Rickover’s staff at Naval Reactors for three years and then as Commanding Officer of NARWHAL (SSN-671). He subsequently served as Director, Division of Mathematics and Science at the Naval Academy; Commanding Officer of PROTEUS (AS- 19) on Guam with deployments to Diego Garcia and Freemantle; and Commander Submarine Squadron TWO. After selection to flag in 1984, he served as PERS-6 Ombudsman; Commander, Naval Recruiting Command; Deputy Commander, Submarine Division OPNAV; and Commander Submarine Forces, Pacific. Selected for Vice Admiral, he completed his active duty as Deputy CINC, US Strategic Command in Omaha, NE.

Admiral Colley’s personal awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal with gold star, the Legion of Merit with three gold stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star.

Michael loved his country and enjoyed its sights; he and Arlen particularly enjoyed traveling about the country in motor homes. He was an enthusiastic and dedicated golfer, history buff, and libertarian.

After retiring from the Navy in March 1994, he returned to Springfield, VA, where he was active in the national security policy and analysis field. He conducted an extensive study of military power projection, the future of warfare, the U.S. infrastructure protection and homeland security, international nuclear material smuggling, and the identification and characterization of worldwide underground facilities.

Arlen, his wife for more than 40 years, died in 2001 and, shortly thereafter, Michael retired to Gulf Shores, Alabama. He is survived by his two daughters, Kendall Colley of Fairfax, VA, and Allison (Bruce) Bollschweiler of Thornton, CO; two grandsons, Calvin and Mark Bollschweiler; and a brother, Dane Lundquist, of Colorado Springs, CO. He was cremated and interred alongside Arlen at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Submarine Officer Badge
SSBN Deterrent Patrol Badge - 20 Patrols
Command at Sea
Command Ashore

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Prichett (DD-561)Submarine School Officers Basic CourseSubmarine School Officers Advanced Course
Nuclear Power Training Command (Faculty Staff), Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)USS James Madison (SSBN-627)USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633)Advancement Schools and Courses
Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)USS Sunfish (SSN-649)Atomic Energy CommissionNaval Reactors
Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Submarine Warfare Division (OPNAV N87), CNO - OPNAVJoint Strategic Target Planning Staff (JSTPS)
US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  1956-1960, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1960-1961, 116X, USS Prichett (DD-561)
  1962-1963, Submarine School Officers Basic Course
  1963-1963, Submarine School Officers Advanced Course
  1963-1964, Sp(Q), Nuclear Power Training Command (Faculty Staff), Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC)
  1963-1966, 117X, USS James Madison (SSBN-627)
  1966-1968, 112X, USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633)
  1966-1968, 628X, NPS Graduate School - Computer Sciences Course
  1968-1970, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1970-1972, 112X, USS Sunfish (SSN-649)
  1972-1972, Division of Naval Reactors, Atomic Energy Commission
  1972-1974, 117X, Naval Reactors Arlington, VA
  1975-1977, 112X, USS Narwhal (SSN-671)
  1977-1980, 9421, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1980-1982, 111X, USS Proteus (AS-19)
  1982-1984, COMSUBRON 2, COMSUBGRU 2
  1982-1984, 112X, COMNAVSUBFOR
  1983-1984, New London (NLON), Submarine Squadron Support Unit (SSSU)
  1983-1984, New London (NLON), Submarine Squadron Support Unit (SSSU)
  1984-1986, United States Atomic Energy Commission
  1984-1986, Naval Reactors Arlington, VA
  1985-1988, 9421, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1988-1989, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations OP-01, DCNO (M,P,T&E)
  1990-1991, Commander Submarine Force (COMSUBFOR), COMNAVSUBFOR
  1991-1991, Submarine Warfare Division (OPNAV N87), CNO - OPNAV
  1991-1992, 114X, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff (JSTPS)
  1992-1993, 9421, Offutt AFB, NE, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1963 Deployment - SSBN Deterrent Patrol #1
  1990-1991 Gulf War (Iraq)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1956-1960, United States Naval Academy
  1968-1970, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
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