Rear Adm. McGrath, USN (Ret.) completed thirty-three years of service in 2012. His last assignment was as the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet. He is a 1979 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and a native of New York City.
RADM McGrath was designated as a naval aviator in 1981, reporting to the Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) 35. While at HSL-35, he completed multiple deployments to the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific. He completed a tour as a flight instructor in HSL-41, and then as officer-in-charge in HSL-45, completing a deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard USS Kinkaid (DD 965). During this tour, he pursued his studies at the University of San Diego School of Law and completed his Juris Doctorate in Law in 1991. He left active duty in August 1990 and was commissioned in the Navy Reserve. He then was appointed as a Deputy District Attorney in the San Diego’ District Attorney’s office.
RADM McGrath held numerous billets at HSL-84 before assuming command. He subsequently commanded the reserve units for Carrier Southwest, Carrier Group One, and Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He also served as deputy commander, Navy Region Southwest, vice commander, Naval Air Forces and deputy commander, U.S. Third Fleet. He served as Commander of reserve Naval Air Forces and led the Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration.
During his Naval career, RADM McGrath devoted a significant portion of his efforts providing leadership direction to improve the integration of females and minorities throughout the Navy and conducted numerous trainings in the areas of sexual assault, management, and leadership.
After retiring from the Navy, RADM McGrath continued serving his community as a deputy district attorney. As a Deputy District Attorney, he specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and child abuse cases. He served as the Chief of the Family Protection Division and Chief of the South Bay branch