Rear Adm. Larry Baucom (USN, ret.) graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees from the University of Southern California (systems management) and from the Naval War College (national security and strategic studies). His 31-year career in Naval aviation included achieving over 4,000 hours and 900 carrier landings in Navy fighter aircraft including the F-4 Phantom II and the F-14 Tomcat. He commanded Fighter Squadron 143, the amphibious assault ship USS TRENTON (LPD 14), and the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). In CARL VINSON, deployment to the Arabian Gulf included combat operations in support of Operation Desert Strike and he was awarded the 1996 U.S. Navy League John Paul Jones Award for inspirational leadership. He was voted San Franciscan of the Year in 1996 for his community outreach and service. As a flag officer, he served as assistant chief of staff for plans and policy at NATO’s Supreme Allied Command Atlantic and as director of the Navy’s Current Readiness and Environmental Protection, Energy and Safety Programs. Following retirement from active duty, he became a consultant for the Navy, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security in the development and employment of nationwide geospatial information sharing capability. He subsequently served as a senior advisor for the Navy’s aircraft carrier readiness program and teaches Crisis/ Disaster Consequence Management and National Security Affairs as professional in residence at Regent University. He is past president of the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads.