John Meyer graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and began a 30 year career as Navy officer.
A Surface Warfare Officer, his sea duty assignments included tours in various cruiser/destroyer class ships including Main Propulsion Assistant, Navigator, and Combat Information Center Officer in USS NEWMAN K. PERRY (DD 883) (1974-1977), Weapons Officer in USS THOMAS C. HART (FF 1092) (1980-1982), Operations Officer in USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS (CG 27) (1982-1984), Executive Officer in USS KING (DDG 41) (1987-1989), and Commanding Officer in USS HEWITT (DD 966) (1992-1994). He also served as Flag Secretary to Commander SEVENTH Fleet (1989-1990). He served in major command as Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE (1998-2000). His last sea tour was Chief of Staff to Commander Carrier Group THREE and the CARL VINSON Battle Group/Commander Task Force FIFTY, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (2000-2002). Shore duty assignments have included Instructor Duty at the Officer Candidate School (1977-1980), and the Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Newport, RI (1984-1986 and 1990-1992). Selected by the CNO, he served as the Inaugural Director of the Command Leadership School, responsible for the development and presentation of the Command Leadership Course, the flagship course of the Navy's Leadership Continuum, the Advanced Officer's Leadership Course, and the Command Spouse Leadership Course (1994-1998). He assumed duties as the Deputy/Chief of Staff of the Naval War College in November 2002, following an assignment as Concepts Director at the Navy Warfare Development Command. He retired from active duty in June of 2004.
Following retirement, Professor Meyer was employed by Northrop Grumman Defense Mission Systems as an Operations Researcher and analyst before accepting his current position in the Naval War College, College of Operational and Strategic Leadership.
As Assistant Dean for Leadership his primary focus is the development of operational level leaders for the Navy. He created the Stockdale Group, a NWC student based research group, devoted to the study of operational level leadership and the development of those officers through a continuum of education that supplements their career experience. He developed a yearlong Professional Military Ethics Program for the NWC that augments and supports the core curricula throughout the academic year. He is also involved with the integration of leadership, ethics and character development into the Professional Military Education (PME) Continuum.
In post graduate studies, Professor Meyer earned a Master's Degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island in 1987, and graduated with distinction from the College of Command and Staff of the Naval War College in 1987, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.