Colley, Michael C., VADM

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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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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Gulf Shores, AL

Date of Passing
Jan 19, 2013
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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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

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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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Last Updated: Jul 7, 2014
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Offutt Navel Air Station
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Bunnell, Mark, PO1, (1985-1995) Petty Officer First Class
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Evans, Karen, PO1, (1989-2011) IT IT-2306 Petty Officer First Class
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Blackwell, Raymond, PO2, (1990-1998) MA MA-2005 Petty Officer Third Class
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Beach, Jim, LT, (1988-1995) IS IS-0000 Lieutenant
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VanDuzer, Jay, SCPO, (1977-1999) MM MM-3366 Chief Petty Officer
Humphrey, Roger, PO1, (1985-2005) MA MA-9545 Petty Officer Second Class
Johnson, Shaun, PO2, (1990-2012) DC DC-9502 Petty Officer Second Class
Shewell, Rodney, PO2, (1985-1994) AW AW-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Warn, Dennis, PO1, (1988-2008) MA MA-9545 Petty Officer Second Class
Osness, Jason, PO2, (1991-1998) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Goughnour, Matt, PO2, (1990-1996) EM Petty Officer Third Class

Hernandez, Frank, SCPO, (1969-1998) RM RM-2342 Senior Chief Petty Officer

Davis, Ernie, LT Lieutenant
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Plyler, Conrad A., CAPT, (1968-1998) OFF 112X Captain
Blevins, Kenneth, CDR, (1968-1998) OFF 144X Commander
Malley, Martin, CDR, (1971-1995) OFF 112X Commander
Martinez, Rick, CAPT, (1978-2008) OFF 112X Commander
Anderson, Jerry, CAPT, (1977-2013) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Brennan, Bob, CAPT, (1982-2007) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Copeman, Thomas, RADM, (1982-2008) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Gallamore, Jay, CAPT, (1974-2007) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Goldstein, Alan, LCDR, (1968-1994) OFF 165X Lieutenant Commander
Shaw, Johnathan, CDR, (1981-2003) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Conrad, Rebecca, CDR, (1988-2008) OFF 163X Lieutenant
McKinley, Tim, LT, (1987-1995) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Springer, Kimeth, MCPO, (1981-2003) RM RM-2318 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Behers, Bruce, CPO, (1978-1998) IS IS-3924 Chief Petty Officer
Bullard, Alan, SCPO, (1978-2004) RM RM-23MZ Chief Petty Officer
Clapp, Randy, CPO, (1977-1998) IS IS-3910 Chief Petty Officer
Oppel, Paul, CPO, (1980-2000) MS MS-3525 Chief Petty Officer
Pittaway, Fran, CPO, (1979-1999) YN YN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Lynde, Todd, CPO, (1986-2007) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Miles, Bonnie, PO1, (1979-1999) DP DP-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Mueller, Robert, CPO, (1986-2012) ET ET-14NO Petty Officer First Class
Nennich, Todd, LCDR, (1988-Present) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Oglesby, Jason, PO1, (1988-2008) IS IS-3910 Petty Officer Second Class
Whittington, James, CDR, (1978-2008) Lieutenant Commander
Wildman, Mike, LCDR, (1969-1993) Lieutenant Commander
Watson, Keith, LT, (1973-2001) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Chesser, Michael, CWO3, (1977-2000) Chief Warrant Officer 2
Hyatt, Deborah, SCPO, (1973-1994) Senior Chief Petty Officer
Reed, David, SCPO, (1976-1996) Senior Chief Petty Officer
Spelman, Robin, MCPO, (1979-2006) ET Senior Chief Petty Officer
Wittrock, Michael, CPO, (1977-1997) Chief Petty Officer
Moreau, Fred, PO1, (1978-Present) Petty Officer First Class
Paturzo, Pat, CPO, (1986-2006) Petty Officer First Class
Robinson, John, CPO, (1988-2008) Petty Officer First Class
Herman, John, LT, (1986-2007) Petty Officer Second Class

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