Richard W. Mies

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Richard W. Mies
Adm. Richard W. Mies STRATCOM.gif
Born (1944-05-30) May 30, 1944 (age 78)
Chicago, Illinois
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1967–2002
Commands heldUnited States Strategic Command
Submarine Group Eight
Submarine Development Squadron Twelve
USS Sea Devil (SSN-664)
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (4)
Other workPresident and CEO of Hicks and Associates
Richard Mies, President George Bush and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card participate in a video teleconference from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska on September 11, 2001.

Richard Willard Mies (born May 30, 1944)[1] is a retired United States Navy admiral who served as the fourth Commander in Chief of United States Strategic Command from 1998 to 2001.

Naval career[edit]

Mies graduated first in his class from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in mechanical engineering and mathematics. While at the academy, Mies participated in lightweight football and intercollegiate wrestling. He was "all-league" as a football end, and eastern champion as a wrestler.[2]

After completing training for submarine duty, Mies served on two nuclear attack submarines, Sunfish (SSN-649) and L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686), and a ballistic missile submarine, Nathan Hale (SSBN-623) (BLUE), before commanding the nuclear attack submarine Sea Devil (SSN-664). He has served in various command positions, including: Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve; Commander, Submarine Group Eight; and Commander, Submarine Force United States Atlantic Fleet. His staff positions included Chief of Staff to Commander Submarine Force, United States Pacific Fleet, and Director, Strategic Target Plans and Deputy Director, Plans and Policy on the staff of Commander in Chief, United States Strategic Command. Mies completed postgraduate education at the University of Oxford, England, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Harvard University. He holds a master's degree in government administration and international relations.

Mies, a Chicago native, is a qualified submariner and naval aviation observer. His personal awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (four awards), National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Secretary of Energy Gold Medal.


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  2. ^ The Nineteen Hundred and Sixty Seven Lucky Bag. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Academy. pp. 487, 615.

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

Military offices
Preceded by Commander, United States Strategic Command
Succeeded by