Jonathan Greenert

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Jonathan Greenert
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert (CNO).jpg
Nickname(s) Jon
Born (1953-05-15) May 15, 1953 (age 62)
Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1975–2015
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
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
USS Honolulu
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (7)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3)

Jonathan William "Jon" Greenert (born May 15, 1953)[1] 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.[2] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

A native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Butler, Pennsylvania,[3] Greenert attended Butler Catholic School and Butler Senior High School. 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.


Greenert escorting Jimmy Buffett on a tour of Pearl Harbor in June 2003.

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.

Following his command at sea, Greenert served as Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, and Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific (COMSUBPAC) Representative West Coast from July 1996 to June 1997.

Flag assignments[edit]

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.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Greenert's decorations include:

Submarine Officer badge.jpg Submarine Warfare insignia
Deep Submergence Officer badge.jpg Deep Submergence insignia
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal[4]
Gold star
Silver star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with 1 silver and 1 gold award stars
Defense Superior Service Medal
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit with 3 award stars
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 award star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 3 award stars
Gold star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 award stars
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with 2 bronze service stars
Navy "E" Ribbon with Wreathed Battle E device
Bronze star
Navy Expeditionary Medal with 1 service star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with 1 service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 service stars
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with 2 service stars
Special Operations Service Ribbon
Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) 26 May 2014
Commander of the Order of Naval Merit (Brazil) 16 September 2014
Grand Cross of the Order of Naval Merit Admiral Padilla (Colombia) 18 January 2015
Meritorious Service Medal (Military) (Singapore) 13 May 2013
USN Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.png Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[1]".

  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Defense Secretary Ash Carter presents the Distinguished Service Medal

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Military offices
Preceded by
Patrick Walsh
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
Mark Ferguson
Preceded by
Gary Roughead
Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
John M. Richardson
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Paul Selva
as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
Mark Welsh
as Chief of Staff of the Air Force