Chairman: Admiral Bruce DeMars, United States Navy (Retired)

DeMarsWhen Admiral DeMars retired in October 1996 after 44 years in the Navy both Houses of the Congress passed resolutions honoring him  for his long service to the country. Prior to his retirement he was, for 8 years, the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. This program included some 176 reactor plants on over 150 ships and submarines, 8 land based research and training reactors, 8 nuclear qualified shipyards, 2  Department of  Energy laboratories  and an extensive commercial supplier base. He directed the transition of this enterprise to  the post-cold war period.

Admiral DeMars served as the Chief of Naval Operations principal assistant for submarine matters from 1983 to 1988. Before that he  served as the Commander U.S. Naval Forces Marianas and as Commander in Chief Pacific Representative for Guam and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

In his early years Admiral DeMars served on a surface ship and four submarines before commanding the nuclear attack submarine, USS Cavalla. He took part in cold war submarine special operations in all theaters. He commanded the Submarine Force’s tactical development squadron.

Shore duty tours included instructor duty at Nuclear Power School and Submarine School. Following duty on an afloat submarine squadron staff he served as the head of the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1957 and attended the Armed Forces Staff College.

Admiral DeMars serves on the board of OceanWorks International and is past Chairman of the Duratek Corporation. He is a Member Emeritus of the Corporation of the Draper Laboratory and an advisor to industry and government. He is Chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation and past Chairman of the Naval Submarine League. He was presented the 2009 U.S. Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate Award, the 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the 2012 National Maritime Historical Society Distinguished Service Award

Admiral DeMars is a member of the Army & Navy Club, the Burning Tree Club and the Military Order of the Carabao. He golfs, fishes, gardens and reads.

He married Margaret Ann Milburn on graduation day from the Naval Academy in 1957. They have two children and three grandchildren.

8 Responses to Chairman: Admiral Bruce DeMars, United States Navy (Retired)

  1. Michael H. Goldman says:

    Good to see your video summary!

    Regards,
    October 1973 USN Program Manager participant in Sea Tests
    MHG

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  3. Thomas J Donohue PE says:

    Admiral DeMars was also the right man, at the right time, when he assumed command of the Naval Reactors program. Cost for construction and maintenance/ overhaul of ships were escalating far more rapidly the budgets could accommodate. He assessed the situation, determined the root causes which he could control and supported changes to improve the efficiency of how we did business. He also showed appreciation for those who tried to do it right the first time with a cooperative attitude of getting the job done amoung government representatives, prime contractors and shipyards.

  4. george riefler says:

    Enjoyed your video very much. All our best to you and margaret. Fondly Donna and Grotgr

  5. Jim Finucane says:

    Dear Admiral Demars, You are probably aware of this program but I thought I would pass this on in case you were interested.
    Subject: Nuclear Propulsion Program
    A Look Back at the History of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
    Location: 1251 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
    For the October 15, 2014 DC ANS dinner meeting, Vice Admiral (Ret) Joe Leidig, Corbin A. McNeill Endowed Chair in Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, will be speaking on:
    “A Look Back at the History of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program”
    Cost: $40/person (member); $45/person (non-member); $15/person (student)
    Location: Best Western Plus Rockville Hotel & Suites; 1251 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD 20850; (301) 424-4940; www.bestwesternrockville.com
    Registration/Social: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Dinner: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Presentation: 7:00 – 8:00PM
    On-site registration is allowed but on a first-come, first-served basis as food is ordered in advance so advance registration is preferred.

  6. Rebecca McNally says:

    Hello Admiral Demars, my name is Rebecca and I am writing to you because I am interested in finding people who possibly know my father and/or find out what he did while he served with the Navy on nuclear submarines. His service began in 1958 and he ritired in 1983. The few things I do know, are he served on the USS Sunfish (SSN649), probably around 1969 as I have a photo of the sub with the information about it. I’m a $ uming he was on it or why would he have it framed? He also was fluent in Russian and Arabic. Thankyou so very much for any information that you may know or find. Sincerely, Rebecca McNally

  7. Andrew Kerner says:

    Sir, I very much enjoyed your video. Thank you for your service to this country. My father who went to school with you at Farragut always spoke very highly of you. You are truly a great American.

    Andrew Kerner

  8. Dennis D. Hayden (YN1, USN) says:

    ADM DeMars,
    I was your lead YN on the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board when you were the Senior Member (and before). I was always proud that I served with you and what you accomplished. Enjoyed your video.

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