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Rear Adm. Beebe Retires After 32 Years of Service

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071011-11
Release Date: 10/11/2007 3:32:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John W. Ciccarelli, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Rear Adm. James E. Beebe, deputy commander of Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet and deputy commander of Navy Region Hawaii, retired Oct. 6 during a ceremony held at the U.S. World War II Submarine Memorial after 32 years of honorable service.

As Beebe was piped ashore for the last time, he took time to thank the Navy and the hundreds of family, friends and old shipmates in attendance for their support throughout his distinguished career.

“With all the Navy has given me and my family, I hope that the little bit of aloha I was able to give back has made our Navy a better place to serve,” said Beebe.

Beebe, through his three decades of dedicated service, has encountered people of many different backgrounds and has always enjoyed watching his shipmates excel and grow in both their personal and professional lives.

“My most memorial experience in the Navy is seeing all my shipmates return from deployment, grow in their careers and get to that next level of achievement,” said Beebe. “I admit it was tough in the beginning, but if I had the chance to do it all over again I truly would not do anything different.”

Beebe’s naval career began with an assignment aboard George Washington-class nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN 601) as a first lieutenant. This was followed by completion of the Naval Nuclear propulsion training program at Mare Island, Calif. and Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1977.

Beebe commented on the motivation and joy that helped him along his career.

“The Navy has changed a great deal since I joined over thirty-two years ago with new technology and ships, but the thing that kept me fueled and made my love for the Navy continue to grow over the years is the great people that I have had the privilege to not only command but also build lifelong friendships with,” said Beebe.

Beebe, a native of Wahiawa, Hawaii graduated Leilehua High School and deiced at early age he wanted to see the world outside of Hawaii.

“In my life, the Navy has made a life-changing impact by showing me the world outside Hawaii and by allowing me to grow as a person,” said Beebe. “These opportunities gave me a chance to see countries, meet people and learn about things I would have never learned if I would have stayed here.”

Beebe joined the Naval Reserves in 1981. His first command was Competent (AFDM 6) floating dry dock reserve support unit in Pearl Harbor, which earned the Battle Efficiency ‘E’. Beebe also commanded Commander, Submarine Squadron 7 staff reserve unit; U.S. Pacific Command, Naval Reserve Detachment 120; U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Naval Reserve Detachment 219 and Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Detachment 420 Management Assessment Team unit.

Beebe is a graduate of the Naval War College Joint Operation, Strategy and Policy and National Security/ Decision Making courses.

Beebe’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal and various service ribbons.

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