Admiral (RADM) Winters is a 1979 graduate of the University of West Florida
with a B.S. Degree. In 1980, he was
commissioned as an Ensign through OCS at Newport, RI. Immediately after his commissioning, he attended
Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) training, graduating with
Class 112 in May 1981.
He served a tour at Underwater Demolition Team 22/SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two,
two tours at SEAL Team Four, three tours at Naval Special Warfare Development
Group (DEVGRU), and multiple tours in joint Special Operations Commands. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School
with a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs/Special Operations and Low
Intensity Conflict. RADM Winters has deployed for operations to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central
and South America numerous times to include most recently 8 tours in Afghanistan
and 2.5 years in Iraq.
His commands include SEAL Team 4, a classified Joint Task Force in Afghanistan,
DEVGRU, the Iraqi National Counterterrorism Force Transition Team, and Naval
Special Warfare Command.
His decorations include the Naval Special Warfare and Naval Parachutist breast
insignias, two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, Legion of Merit, three Bronze
Star medals, five Defense Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Meritorious Service
Medal, and other Navy personal and unit awards, and personal citations.
Upon his retirement in 2013, Admiral Winters returned to the state of Florida
where he and his wife, Joanna, and daughter, Hanna reside. He also has a 31 year old daughter,
Gabrielle, who is working on her PHD at the University of Florida.