Jay L. Johnson

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Jay L. Johnson
Admiral Jay Johnson, official military photo.JPEG
Admiral Jay L. Johnson
Born (1946-06-05) June 5, 1946 (age 69)
Great Falls, Montana
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1968–2000
Rank Admiral
Commands held
Other work CEO of General Dynamics Corp.

Admiral Jay L. Johnson, USN, (born June 5, 1946) is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of General Dynamics. A retired United States Navy admiral, he served from 1996-2000 as 26th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).[1]

Early life[edit]

Johnson was born in Great Falls, Montana, and raised in West Salem, Wisconsin. An Eagle Scout and later recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award,[2] he graduated in 1968 from the United States Naval Academy. Upon completion of flight training, Johnson was designated a Naval Aviator in 1969.[1]

Military service[edit]

His first sea-duty tour was aboard the carrier USS Oriskany, where he made two combat cruises flying the F-8J Crusader with Fighter Squadron 191 (VF-191). Subsequent squadron and sea duty tours after transitioning to the F-14 Tomcat included: VF-142, VF-101, Commanding Officer of VF-84; Commander, Carrier Air Wing ONE and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations for Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.[1]

Shore duty assignments included: Aviation Junior Officer Detailer and Head, Aviation Officer Junior Assignment Branch at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) in Washington, DC; Student, Armed Forces Staff College, in Norfolk, VA; and the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Strategic Studies Group at The Pentagon.[1]

His first Flag Officer assignment was as Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Distribution in the Bureau of Naval Personnel. In October 1992, he reported as Commander, Carrier Group Eight/Commander, USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group. In July 1994, he was assigned as Commander, Second Fleet/Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic/Commander, Joint Task Force 120.[1]

In March 1996, he reported for duty as the 28th Vice Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.[1]

In August 1996, Admiral Johnson became the 26th Chief of Naval Operations following the death of Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda, and served until July 21, 2000.[1]

Later career[edit]

Johnson was Executive Vice President of Dominion Resources, Inc., from December 2002 to September 2008, also serving as Senior Vice President of Dominion Energy, Inc., from 2000 to 2002; President and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Delivery from 2002 to 2007; and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Virginia Power from October 2007 to September 2008.[3]

Johnson has been a director of General Dynamics, one of the largest U.S. defense contractors,[4] since 2003. He served as Vice Chairman from September 2008 to July 2009, and President and Chief Executive Officer from then until January 2013, when he was succeeded by Phebe Novakovic.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Admiral Jay L. Johnson". navy.mil. 26 August 1996. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Distinguished Eagle Scouts" (PDF). Scouting.org. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Jay L. Johnson Profile - Forbes.com". people.forbes.com. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Defense News - Top 100 for 2009". defensenews.com. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Jeremy M. Boorda
United States Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
Vern Clark