WEST POINT, N.Y. (May 5, 2011) -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, will be the graduation speaker for the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2011 commencement ceremony May 21.

Mullen, who has served as the 17th Chairman since October 2007, has been a strong advocate and champion of the U.S. Army and all its campaigns around the world.

He serves as the principal military advisor to the president, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.

A native of Los Angeles, Mullen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968.
He has served in leadership positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, in the Navy's Bureau of Personnel, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Navy staff.

He was the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2003 to October 2004. His last operational assignment was as commander of NATO Joint Force Command Naples, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Mullen is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Prior to becoming chairman, Mullen served as the 28th Chief of Naval Operations.

More than 1,000 cadets are expected to graduate and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army after completing their 47-month leadership experience at West Point.