CAPT Gary Leigh was a native of London, England and spent most of his childhood growing up on US Navy bases. He enlisted in the US Navy in October 1979. While Enlisted, he served in Patrol Squadron Forty Nine (VP-49), USS SARATOGA (CV-60), and at NAS Bermuda. He was selected as the NAS Bermuda and then the COMPATWINGSLANT Sailor of the Year for CY 1988. In December 1989 he was one of two hundred Sailors selected as a candidate in the Navy’s Enlisted Commissioning Program. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1991.
His Sea tours include Combat Information Center Officer (CICO) and Main Propulsion Assistant (MPA) on USS ARTHUR W RADFORD (DD-968), Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer on USS CARNEY (DDG-64), Executive Officer on USS VICKSBURG (CG-69), and Commanding Officer of Riverine Squadron One where he completed a combat deployment to Al Anbar Province, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His Shore tours include Instructor Duty at Surface Warfare Officer School Command in Newport, Rhode Island, Afloat Training Group, Mayport, Florida as the Combat Systems Director (N6), and on the Naval Staff, OPNAV DEEP BLUE in Washington, DC, Pakistan Desk Branch Head Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and again on the Naval Staff as Ship Maintenance Branch Head, OPNAV N96, and as Director of Character Development and Training at the United States Naval Academy. CAPT Leigh served as Commodore, Coastal Riverine Group ONE and prior to reporting as Commodore, Naval Beach Group ONE, CAPT Leigh served as Assistant Chief of Staff G9, Marine Corps Forces Pacific.
He is a 2004 Graduate of Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham, England and he is a 2011 graduate of the US Joint Forces Staff College.
CAPT Leigh has been awarded the Legion of Merit Medal (Three Gold Stars), Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with Three Gold Stars), the Joint Services Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf), the Navy Commendation Medal (with four Gold Stars), the Navy Achievement Medal (with Three Gold Stars) and numerous campaign and unit awards.