Admiral Joseph W. Prueher
United States AmbassadorClass of 1964
- United States Ambassador to China, 1999-2001
Admiral Joseph W. Prueher served as Ambassador to China (D). He became the 17th U.S. Naval Officer to hold the position of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, on January 31, 1996. As the senior U.S. military commander in the Pacific and Indian Ocean areas, he led the largest of the unified commands and directed Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force operations across more than 100 million square miles-more than 50 percent of the earth's surface. He was responsible to the President and the Secretary of Defense through the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and was the U.S. military representative for collective defense arrangements in the Pacific.
Prior to assuming duties as Commander, U.S. Pacific Command on January 31, 1996, Admiral Prueher served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, preceded by commanding the U.S. Sixth Fleet and NATO's Naval Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe. He served as Commander Carrier Group One in the U.S. Pacific Fleet from April 1991 until November 1993. He served as the seventy-third Commandant of Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy. Admiral Prueher commanded two Carrier Air Wings, Carrier Air Wing Eight and Carrier Air Wing Seven. In 1984, he was assigned to start and command the Naval Strike Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada. He served in four attack squadrons, including command of Attack Squadron 65.