John M. Richardson (admiral)

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John M. Richardson
Admiral John M. Richardson (CNO).jpg
Richardson in January 2018
Birth name John Michael Richardson
Born (1960-04-08) April 8, 1960 (age 57)[1]
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1982–present
Rank US Navy O10 infobox.svg Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Operations
Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion
Commander, Naval Submarine Forces in Norfolk, Virginia
Submarine Group 8
USS Honolulu
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (4)
Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership

John Michael Richardson[2] (born April 8, 1960) is an admiral in the United States Navy who currently serves as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations. He previously served as the Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program from November 2, 2012 to August 14, 2015. While serving as Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (itself a joint Department of Energy and Department of Navy organization), Richardson was responsible for the command and safe, reliable operation of the United States Navy's nuclear propulsion program and for all the current United States naval reactors deployed for usage as well as all facilities needed to ensure safe operations. On May 13, 2015, United States Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, announced Richardson's nomination to succeed Admiral Jonathan Greenert as Chief of Naval Operations.[3] Richardson began serving as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations on September 18, 2015.[4]


Richardson in August 2017, speaking on the John S. McCain collision

Richardson was commissioned into the United States Navy upon his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1982.[4] During his tenure, Richardson has served primarily with submarine operations, serving on the USS Parche, the USS Salt Lake City, and the USS George C. Marshall. Prior to being Director of Nuclear Propulsion, Richardson headed the U.S. Navy's Atlantic submarine force, COMSUBLANT, where he was relieved by Michael J. Connor. Richardson has also commanded the USS Honolulu, Submarine Development Squadron 12, Submarine Group 8, and Submarine Allied Naval Forces South. Richardson served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Forces Europe as well as U.S. Naval Forces Africa, Naval Aide to the President of the United States and Director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command.[4] Richardson also attended and received master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the National War College.[5] On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Richardson was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), was confirmed August 5, and began serving as CNO September 18, 2015.[6][4]

Awards and decorations

Submarine Officer badge.jpg Submarine Warfare insignia (Officer)
Silver Deterrent Patrol badge.jpg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia with two gold stars
Navy CaS.png Command at Sea insignia
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
US - Presidential Service Badge.png Presidential Service Badge
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Navy Distinguished Service Medal (with two gold award stars)
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Defense Superior Service Medal (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Legion of Merit (with three gold award stars)
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold award stars)
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Navy Commendation Medal (with three gold award stars)
Gold star
Navy Achievement Medal (with one gold award star)
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation (with one bronze service star)
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy "E" Ribbon (with a Wreathed Battle "E" device)
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with a bronze service star)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with four service stars)
Order of Naval Merit - Commander (Brazil) - ribbon bar.png Order of Naval Merit (Brazil), Commander[7]

In 2001,[8] Richardson received the James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award.[4]


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  2. ^ "Former Trident Scholars who have achieved flag officer rank". United States Naval Academy. 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Dougan, Tom. "Navy Gets New Nuclear Propulsion Boss". US Navy. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Bio: 9/18/2015 - Present, ADMIRAL JOHN M. RICHARDSON". Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Admiral John M. Richardson". National Nuclear Security Administration. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Richardson Confirmed as Next CNO". Official Website of the United States Navy. United States Navy. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Cavas Christopher P. "Richardson Nominated for Naval Reactors" DefenseNews. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  8. ^ "2001 VADM James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award Winners (NAVADMIN 246/01)". Naval Administrative Messages. United States Navy. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 

External links

  • Media related to John M. Richardson at Wikimedia Commons
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
Military offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Greenert
Chief of Naval Operations
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Mark A. Milley
as Chief of Staff of the Army
Order of precedence of the United States
as Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
Robert Neller
as Commandant of the Marine Corps
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