One of the most important posts in national defense, international relations and maritime security changed hands this September, with Admiral John Richardson relieving Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert as the new U.S. Chief of Naval Operations.
The US Chief of Naval Operations is the most senior officer in the Navy. As such, the CNO is a member of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, serving as advisor to no less than the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of Defense, and yes, even the President himself.
A ceremony held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis last September 18th, was presided over by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. In attendance were hundreds of people, including enlisted men and women, officers and foreign guests. During the event, the outgoing and retiring CNO’s achievements were recognized, and the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Maybus, discussed the importance of the post by describing it as “one of the most storied, most historic, and iconic posts in our military or any military…” Admiral Greenert had a chance to give a farewell speech; he is retiring after forty years of service. The new CNO Admiral Richardson had his turn to speak too, expressing his optimistic view of the future of America in the seas.
Admiral John Richardson is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He also has Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Over the course of a 33-year career, he had served in and commanded various vessels, held commanding posts in well-recognized and awarded teams, and was also given staff assignments, including serving as naval aide to the President. The admiral had once been praised by Defense Secretary Carter as a “go-to officer for many of the Navy’s tough issues” and for good reason; Admiral Richardson led investigations as tricky as bribery charges involving high-ranking officials; cheating allegations on a nuclear reactor training test in the Navy; and also a devastating shooting incident at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC that led to 13 deaths. He is now the 31st Chief of Naval Operations.
We at Kemplon Engineering wish the new CNO the best of luck in his new post, and share in his optimism for the future.
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