Rear Admiral Alma Grocki (nee Lau) was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was the first woman from Hawaii appointed to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She completed her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.
While stationed at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, she was the Ship Superintendent for several surface ships, and senior Ship Superintendent for numerous submarine availabilities, and became the first woman officer to accompany her boat on post-availability sea trials.
Grocki transferred to the Navy Reserve in 1988. She held many commanding officer assignments before becoming a Plankowner and the first National Director for the SurgeMain program.
Grocki currently serves on active duty as Director, Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Pacific Fleet, leading and directing maintenance efforts and programs for Pacific Fleet surface ship and submarine assets to support COMPACFLT's warfighter mission. She is also assigned as the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Deputy Chief of Staff for Reserve Affairs.
In her civilian career, she has worked for CACI Dynamic Systems, Inc. as a deputy program manager for shipyard training projects, a member of the NAVSEA Dry Dock Audit team and a senior engineer assisting Fleet Maintenance Information Technology programs. She also serves as a volunteer Blue & Gold officer (BGO) for the U.S. Naval Academy, and the BGO Area Coordinator (AC) for Hawaii and the Western Pacific.