John Hagan (USN)

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John Hagan
MCPON John Hagan.jpg
8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Born (1946-05-20) 20 May 1946 (age 68)
Luton, England, United Kingdom
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1964–1998
Rank Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Commands held Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Battles/wars
Awards

John Hagan (born May 20, 1946) was the eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

John Hagan was born in Luton, England, United Kingdom on May 20, 1946.[1] He was born to an American father and British parents. He moved to Asheville, North Carolina when he was very young. He grew up there and also attended schools there.

Service in the United States Navy[edit]

After high school, Hagan enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1964 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Center, San Diego, California. He then attended Electronics Technician "A" School at Naval Training Center, Treasure Island, California, and completed a short assignment at Naval Air Test Center Patuxent River, Maryland.[1]

After he completed Ground Control Approach Radar Technician School at Naval Air Technical Training Center, Glynco, Georgia, he reported to Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington, as the Leading Petty Officer for the Maintenance Division. During his tour there, he earned an Associate of Arts degree.

Hagan's next assignment was aboard USS Lester (DE-1022), homeported in Naples, Italy. During a subsequent tour of sea duty as a maintenance technician at Underwater Demolition Team 21 in Little Creek, Virginia, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and qualified as a naval parachutist. While assigned to a shore tour at Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Louisville, Kentucky, he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer. While there, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from McKendree University.

In September 1980, he reported aboard USS Richmond K. Turner (CG-20), homeported in Charleston, South Carolina. While there, he qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer. Shortly after reporting to his next assignment at the Naval Air Technical Training Center at Memphis, Tennessee, he was selected as the Force Master Chief for the Chief of Naval Technical Training.

In April 1988 Master Chief Hagan reported to Norfolk, Virginia, as the first Command Master Chief of PCU Philippine Sea (CG-58). After the vessel's commissioning the following year, she reported to her homeport in Mayport, Florida, and subsequently deployed to the Red and Mediterranean Seas in support of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. During this tour of duty, he qualified as Officer of the Deck (Underway), a qualification normally reserved for commissioned officers.

Soon after reporting to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Warfare Squadron (Light) 48 at Mayport, Florida, as the Command Master Chief, Hagan was selected as the eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. He assumed his position as the eighth MCPON on 28 August 1992, where he served until retiring in 1998.

Later life[edit]

Hagan also sits on the Board of Advisors for Veterans Direct.

Personal Life[edit]

John Hagan is married to Cathy Hagan. They have three children, Robert Hagan, Melissa Smith, and Melody Blanchard. Robert Hagan, the oldest, is retiring from The Marines in 2014, and is married to Linda Hagan, with two children. Melissa Smith is 44 years old and married to Deane Smith, a Master Chief Petty Officer in the Coast Guard. She has three children. Melody Blanchard is married to Lloyd Blanchard, a consultant, with one child.

Military awards[edit]

Hagan's personal awards include the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist badge, the Naval Parachutist Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (with gold award star), as well as unit and campaign awards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leahy, J.F (2004). Ask the Chief: Backbone of the Navy. Naval Institute Press. p. 162. ISBN 1-59114-460-4. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Duane R. Bushey
8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
28 AUG 1992 – 27 MAR 1998
Succeeded by
James L. Herdt