RDML SUSAN “SUE” L. DUNLAP, USMS
RDML Dunlap is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Northwestern University on an NROTC scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1984. She is a graduate of the Naval War College, where she earned her Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with a single area focus on Africa and she also earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She was a distinguished graduate of the Surface Warfare Officers School Basic Course, and her initial assignment was to USS CANOPUS (AS-34), where she served as Navigator and Auxiliaries Officer.
A distinguished graduate of the Surface Warfare Officers Department Head Course, she was assigned as Chief Engineer of the USS JASON (AR-8), and deployed in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM in 1990 and 1991. From the USS JASON, CAPT Dunlap, USN transferred to Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet Propulsion Examining Board, where she served as a steam propulsion examiner.
While still on active duty, CAPT Dunlap most recently served as U.S. Naval Forces Africa, Director Africa Engagement Group, where she provided direct oversight of all maritime theater security cooperation with Africa, including the internationally-recognized Africa Partnership Station (APS) program. Earlier in her career, Captain Dunlap led the Military Sealift Command’s Logistics Far East Command (SEALOGFE), where she supervised over 52 million square miles of ocean with responsibility for approximately 49 ships and 2400 military and civilian mariners on any given day. She also commanded the only assault craft unit in the Pacific Fleet, which was tasked with operating, maintaining and providing assault craft for ship to shore movement during and after an amphibious assault. Her distinguished career also included assignments with the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D. C., where she served for six months as the Surface Warfare Initial Accessions Detailer before becoming a placement officer; Executive Officer of USS Rushmore (LSD-47), Navigator of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4); and Chief Staff Officer of Amphibious Squadron THREE, embarked onboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6).
During her years of service, RDML Dunlap was awarded the Legion of Merit (two gold stars), the Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign and service ribbons.
She retired from the Navy in July 2012 after 28 years of service.