Born and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Joe Sestak graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974. He served 31 years in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of 3-star Admiral. Joe led a series of operational commands at sea, culminating in command of the GEORGE WASHINGTON Aircraft Carrier Battle Group consisting of 30 ships during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq; and served as President Clinton’s Director for Defense Policy in the National Security Council in the White House, and oversaw the Navy’s five year $350 billion warfare budget as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Joe served as head of “Deep Blue,” the Navy anti-terrorism unit formed in response to the attacks to address the strategic, budgetary, and operational policy for the "Global War on Terrorism."