John M. Richardson (admiral)
|John M. Richardson|
|Birth name||John Michael Richardson|
April 8, 1960 |
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1982–present|
|Commands held||Chief of Naval Operations
Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion
Commander, Naval Submarine Forces in Norfolk, Virginia
Submarine Group 8
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (4)
Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership
John Michael Richardson (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. Richardson began serving as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations on September 18, 2015.
Richardson was commissioned into the United States Navy upon his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. 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. Richardson also attended and received master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the National War College. 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.
Awards and decorations
|Submarine Warfare insignia (Officer)|
|Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia with two gold stars|
|Command at Sea insignia|
|Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal (with one gold award star)|
|Defense Superior Service Medal (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)|
|Legion of Merit (with three gold award stars)|
|Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold award stars)|
|Navy Commendation Medal (with three gold award stars)|
|Navy Achievement Medal (with one gold award star)|
|Navy Presidential Unit Citation|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Navy Unit Commendation (with one bronze service star)|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|Navy "E" Ribbon (with a Wreathed Battle "E" device)|
|Navy Expeditionary Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal (with a bronze service star)|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with four service stars)|
|Order of Naval Merit (Brazil), Commander|
- "Former Trident Scholars who have achieved flag officer rank". United States Naval Academy. 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- Dougan, Tom. "Navy Gets New Nuclear Propulsion Boss". US Navy. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- "Admiral John M. Richardson". National Nuclear Security Administration. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- Cavas Christopher P. "Richardson Nominated for Naval Reactors" DefenseNews. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
- "2001 VADM James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award Winners (NAVADMIN 246/01)". Naval Administrative Messages. United States Navy. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
|Chief of Naval Operations
|Order of precedence|
Mark A. Milley
as Chief of Staff of the Army
|Order of precedence of the United States
as Chief of Naval Operations
as Commandant of the Marine Corps