EXECUTIVE LECTURE FORUM:
June 17, 2009
Admiral Thomas Fargo,
former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command
Topic: A Pacific Perspective
on Maritime Capacity Building
ADMIRAL TOM FARGO, USN (Ret.), former Commander of the U.S.
Pacific Command, has served as Managing Director of J.F.
Lehman and Company since April 2008. Prior to accepting this
position, he was President of Trex Enterprises from
2005-2008. Trex conducts leading edge Research and
Development for the Defense and National Security.
Admiral Fargo joined the private sector after a
distinguished career serving the U.S. Navy and the
Department of Defense. He was the twentieth officer to
hold the position of Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.
As the senior U.S. military commander in East Asia, and the
Pacific and Indian Ocean areas, he led the largest unified
command while directing the joint operations of the Army,
Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force across 100 million miles.
He was responsible to the President and the Secretary of
Defense and was the U.S. military representative for
collective defense arrangements in
Admiral Fargo also served as the 29th Commander of the U.S.
Pacific Fleet from October 1999 to May 2002. His service as
a leader in the Pacific was preceded by his command of the
U.S. Fifth Fleet and Naval Forces of the Central Command
during two years of Iraqi contingency operations from July
1996 to July 1998. His 35 years of service included six
tours in Washington, D.C., in addition to five commands in
the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Middle East.
Born in San Diego, CA, he attended high school in Coronado,
CA, and Sasebo, Japan. Admiral Fargo graduated from the
United States Naval Academy in June 1970. He is a 1989
recipient of the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for
Admiral Fargo is based out of Honolulu, Hawaii, office. He
additionally serves on the Boards of Directors for Northrop
Grumman Corporation, Hawaiian Electric Industries, USAA, and
works in the community supporting the Japan-America Society,
Iolani School Board of Governors and the Hawaii Pacific
University Board of Trustees.