PIQUA — The Piqua Veteran’s Association has been busy organizing the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to be held on Monday, May 29, at the Piqua Veteran’s Memorial at the corner of Washington Avenue and Broadway, at approximately 10 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be a Vice Admiral James P. “Phil” Wisecup (Ret.), a Piqua native who served 36 years active duty in the United States Navy, reaching the rank of Vice Admiral.
The 1973 Piqua High School graduate and 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy was pleased to be asked to give the Memorial Day address.
Wisecup earned his Master’s degree in international relations from the University of Southern California, graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1998, and, as an Olmsted Scholar, also earned a degree from the University of Strasbourg, France, in 1982.
VADM Wisecup served his sea duty on the following assignments: Executive Officer, USS Valley Forge (CG-50), during Operation Desert Storm; Commanding Officer, USS Callaghan (DDG 994); Commander, Destroyer Squadron 21 during Operation Enduring Freedom; and Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 (USS Ronald Reagan).
The Admiral’s shore duty consisted of the following: tour with NATO; U.S. Naval Surface Forces, Pacific; Navy Headquarters Plans/Policy Staff; White House Situation Room; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea; and as the 52nd president of the U.S. Naval War College.
Upon retirement from active duty in 2013, VADM Wisecup moved to Rhode Island and became the seventh director of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.
He and his wife, Anne, have five children and plan to relocate to Ohio in the near future.
The public is encouraged to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony and give a warm welcome to VADM Wisecup.