Admiral Joseph W. Prueher is a director of Fluor Corporation in Irving, Texas, Emerson Electric Co. in St. Louis, Missouri, and AMERIGROUP Corporation, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Admiral Prueher served as United States Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 1999 to 2001. Prior to his post as ambassador, Admiral Prueher was a United States Navy Admiral and the Commander, United States Pacific Command, from 1996 to 1999 and Vice Chief of Naval Operations from 1995 to 1996.
A native of Tennessee, Admiral Prueher attended Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He also holds a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War where he flew as an A-6 Intruder pilot. In the later part of his career, he served as the seventy-third Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Admiral Prueher received numerous personal decorations including the Naval Aviator insignia, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three individual Air Medals with Valor device and bronze Strike/Flight numeral 8, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor device, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor device, and various unit, service and campaign awards. In 1997, he was honored with the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award and, in 2001, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award by George Washington University. In December 1998, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, “for distinguished service in the promotion of Australian and United States of America Defence relations.”
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