May 15, 1953 |
Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1975–2015|
|Commands held||Chief of Naval Operations
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
U.S. Fleet Forces Command
U.S. Seventh Fleet
Submarine Squadron 11
U.S. Naval Forces Marianas
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Jonathan William "Jon" Greenert (born May 15, 1953) is a former United States Navy admiral who served as the 30th Chief of Naval Operations from September 23, 2011, to September 18, 2015. He previously served as the 36th Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 13, 2009, to August 22, 2011. Prior to that, he served as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from September 29, 2007, to July 29, 2009, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources from September 2006 to September 2007 and Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet from August 2004 to September 2006. He retired from the Navy after over 40 years of service. On April 19, 2016, retired Admiral Greenert was appointed to the board of directors for BAE Systems for a three-year term.
Early life and education
A native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Butler, Pennsylvania, Greenert attended Butler Catholic School and Butler Senior High School. While in high school, he participated in Keystone Boys State, an American Legion leadership program. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering and completed studies in nuclear power for service as a submarine officer.
His career as a submariner included assignments onboard USS Flying Fish as Electrical Material Officer, USS Tautog as Electrical/Operations Officer, and Submarine NR-1 as Engineer Officer. He served as Executive Officer of USS Michigan's Gold Crew before taking command of USS Honolulu in March 1991. In 1992, he was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
In July 1997, Greenert reported as Chief of Staff for Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, in Yokosuka, Japan. During his tour in Japan, he was selected to flag rank and subsequently served as Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, representative to Micronesia/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas, from October 1998 through December 1999. On August 6, 2004, Greenert assumed command of U.S. Seventh Fleet.
Greenert's shore assignments include tours as COMSUBPAC Staff Fire Control Officer, Program Analyst for Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group and Head, Navy Program Planning and Development Branch for the Chief of Naval Operations Staff in Washington, D.C.
He served as Director, Operations Division in the Navy Comptroller Office from January 2000 through August 2002, and as Deputy and Chief of Staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet from August 2002 until July 2004.
On September 23, 2011, Greenert became the 30th Chief of Naval Operations, succeeding Admiral Gary Roughead.
On March 3, 2016, the National Bureau of Asian Research announced that Admiral Greenert (ret.) would become the third holder of the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies (Shali Chair) at NBR. At NBR, Admiral Greenert brings to bear his years of experience in the U.S. Navy to help inform policy debates on critical issues pertaining to the Asia-Pacific through briefings of senior leaders, and research and writing.
The board chairman of Arlington-based BAE Systems Inc., Michael Chertoff, a former secretary of Homeland Security, announced April 19, 2016, that retired Admiral Greenert was appointed to the board of directors for BAE Systems for a three-year term. “Admiral Greenert brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from a distinguished, 40-year career as a senior military officer and government leader,” Chertoff said in a statement. “His experience in management, operations, and strategic planning will be highly valuable, and I’m pleased to welcome him to the board.” 
Awards and decorations
Greenert's decorations include:
|Officer Submarine Warfare insignia|
|Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia with gold star|
|Officer Deep Submergence insignia|
|Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
- Marquis Who's Who on the Web
- J. W. Greenert (August 13, 2009). "VICE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS CHANGE OF OFFICE". U.S. Department of the Navy, Office of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Retrieved August 17, 2009.
- Christopher P. Cavas (April 19, 2016). "Former CNO Greenert Named To BAE Board". Defense News. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
- Andrew Carr, "Chief of Naval Operations speaks at Keystone Boys State graduation," The [Cumberland] Sentinel, June 27, 2015, http://cumberlink.com/news/local/chief-of-naval-operations-speaks-at-keystone-boys-state-graduation/article_9ab3d97b-6b2c-54db-a926-05682743158a.html.
- "New chief of naval operations a Steelers fan and a 'regular guy'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 18, 2011.
- Brian Roehrkasse (April 19, 2016). "Admiral Jonathan Greenert Joins BAE Systems, Inc. Board of Directors". Business Wire. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
- "Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remarks at the CNO Change of Command Ceremony" (PDF). United States Navy. September 23, 2011.
- Defense Secretary Ash Carter presents the Distinguished Service Medal
- "Hall of Valor — Valor awards for Jonathan William Greenert". Military Times.
|Vice Chief of Naval Operations
|Chief of Naval Operations
John M. Richardson
|Order of precedence|
as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
|Order of Precedence of the United States
as Chief of Naval Operations
as Chief of Staff of the Air Force