Rear Admiral Voelker, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, attended the US Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1972. Following a year of postgraduate school, he was awarded an MS degree and subsequently attended nuclear power and basic submarine training.
His operational tours include service in four attack submarines as a Division Officer in USS Sturgeon (SSN 637), as Engineer in USS Seahorse (SSN 669), as Executive Officer of USS San Francisco (SSN 711), and in command of USS Helena (SSN 725) from 1987 to 1990. While under his command, Helena conducted two extended Northern Pacific operations and a deployment to the Western Pacific. He served briefly as Deputy Commander of Submarine Squadron One and later commanded Submarine Group Nine, responsible for the Pacific Fleet’s Trident Submarine Force.
Rear Admiral Voelker’s shore duty assignments include service in the Bureau of Naval Personnel as the Submarine Department Head Assignment Officer, at Pacific Fleet Headquarters as Executive Assistant and Senior Naval Aide to the Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff, as a Division Director for the Director of Naval Intelligence in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and most recently on the Joint Staff. While on the Joint Staff, Rear Adm. Voelker served as the Director of the Commander in Chief (CINC) Liaison Office and later as Executive Assistant to the Director of Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment. He then served as Executive Assistant and Senior Military Aide to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He relieved as Commander, Navy Recruiting Command in September 2000.
Rear Admiral Voelker has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars in lieu of second through fourth awards, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.
Updated: 19 September 2000