John M. Richardson (admiral)

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John M. Richardson
Admiral John M. Richardson (CNO).jpg
Birth name John Michael Richardson
Born 1960 (age 58–59)[1][2]
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1982–present
Rank US Navy O10 infobox.svg Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Operations
Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion
Commander, Naval Submarine Forces in Norfolk, Virginia
Submarine Group 8
USS Honolulu
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (4)
Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership

John Michael Richardson[3] (born c. 1960) is an admiral in the United States Navy and the current 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.[4] Richardson began serving as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations September 18, 2015.[5]


Richardson was commissioned into the United States Navy upon his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1982.[6] 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.[6] Richardson also attended and received master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the National War College.[7] On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, ADM Richardson was nominated by President Obama to be the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), was confirmed Aug 5, and began serving as CNO September 18, 2015.[2][8]

Personal life

Richardson and his wife, Dana, have 5 children: Nathan, who is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Daniel, Rachel, Veronica, and Matthew.


In 2001,[9] Richardson received the James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award.[6] Richardson also served with units that have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Citation, and the Battle Efficiency E.[6]

Awards and decorations

Submarine Officer badge.jpg Submarine Warfare insignia
Silver Deterrent Patrol badge.jpgAward star (gold).pngAward star (gold).png Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia with two gold stars
Navy CaS.png Command at Sea insignia
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
Gold star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (with one gold award star)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Legion of Merit (with three gold award stars)
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold award stars)
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Navy Commendation Medal (with three gold award stars)
Gold star
Navy Achievement Medal (with one gold award star)
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation (with one bronze service star)
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy "E" Ribbon (with a Wreathed Battle "E" device)
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with a bronze service star)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Silver-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with one silver and one bronze service stars)
Order of Naval Merit - Commander (Brazil) - ribbon bar.png Order of Naval Merit (Brazil), Commander[10]


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  3. "Former Trident Scholars who have achieved flag officer rank". United States Naval Academy. 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Dougan, Tom. "Navy Gets New Nuclear Propulsion Boss". US Navy. Retrieved 4 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Bio: 9/18/2015 - Present ADMIRAL JOHN M. RICHARDSON". Retrieved 18 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Admiral John M. Richardson". US Navy. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Admiral John M. Richardson". National Nuclear Security Administration. Retrieved 4 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Cavas Christopher P. "Richardson Nominated for Naval Reactors" DefenseNews. Retrieved 15 February 2013.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Greenert
Chief of Naval Operations
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Mark A. Milley
as Chief of Staff of the Army
Order of Precedence of the United States
as Chief of Naval Operations
Succeeded by
Robert Neller
as Commandant of the Marine Corps