Zumwalt History

Family of CCI Anesthesia Manager Partner has Deep U.S. Military Roots

Kurt Zumwalt, Chief Executive Officer at CCI Anesthesia, is proud of his family’s distinguished military history. Kurt’s father served in the U.S. Marine Corps, enlisting as a private and retiring as a colonel, while his brother followed in his father’s footsteps going from enlisted to an officer, ultimately retiring as a captain in the U.S. Navy.The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr.

The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr.

Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr., a cousin, served with distinction as Chief of US Naval Forces, Vietnam and as the youngest Chief of Naval Operations in history. Admiral Zumwalt’s impact on history is detailed in a new book entitled Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr.

ZumwaltZumwalt is a compelling portrait of Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr., the controversial military leader widely regarded as the founder of the modern U.S. Navy. As Chief of Naval Operations during the decades-long Cold War crisis, Zumwalt implemented major strategic innovations that endure to this day, especially in his campaign against racism and sexism throughout the fleet. Larry Berman, the author, offers a fascinating, detailed look at an extraordinary man who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton-an inspiring portrait of leadership that is essential in these troubled times. Zumwalt continues to receive honors posthumously. Upon the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day, he was recognized as one of the 100 most influential military leaders.

A Staunch Supporter of America’s Allies

During Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebration, JNS, in partnership with the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., honored 70 individuals for their remarkable contributions to strengthening Israel’s alliance with America. Among the distinguished honorees was Admiral Zumwalt, whose enduring legacy lies in his pivotal role during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, where he played a critical role in orchestrating Operation Nickel Grass, a massive airlift of over 22,000 tons of weapons and supplies, including one hundred fighter jets, to aid Israel. His unwavering persistence and strategic efforts, which included mobilizing support from key figures like Senator Scoop Jackson, ensured the timely arrival of these critical resources at Israel’s front lines, significantly contributing to Israel’s victory in one of its most vulnerable moments. Admiral Zumwalt’s dedication and decisive action in support of Israel’s cause remain a testament to his invaluable contribution to the nation’s security and alliance with the United States.

An Enduring Legacy

As a further testament to the impact that Admiral Zumwalt had on U.S. military history, the U.S. Navy has named a class of guided missile destroyers the Zumwalt-class. The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is equipped with the latest stealth capabilities and, at the time, was the largest destroyer ever built. The vessel was officially christened in April 2014.

Bare Feet Iron WillAdmiral Zumwalt’s son, Lieutenant Colonel James G. Zumwalt, is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam War, the 1989 intervention in Panama, and Desert Storm. He heads a security consulting firm named after his father – Admiral Zumwalt & Consultants, Inc., and is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author. His first book, Bare Feet, Iron Will – Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam’s Battlefields, takes the reader on a fascinating journey during the Vietnam War, providing stories, many never before told, as to how enemy ingenuity played a major role in the conflict.


Admiral Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt Jr.

The USS Zumwalt is the Largest Destroyer in the World

Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton