Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Senior Leaders Oral History Collection

Dates: 2012-2016

Interviews with senior Navy leaders discussing their careers, service, and/or end of tour. This is an ongoing interview series conducted by Navy Historians. We will update this page periodically as more oral histories are completed.

Beldo, April D FMC
Position at time of Interview: Fleet Master Chief
Date of Interview: 23 March 2016
Interviewer: Regina Akers
Topics Discussed: Manpower; Personnel; Training Command; Bureau of Naval Personnel

Chamberlain, Todd YNC
Position at time of Interview: Chief, Naval History and Heritage Command
Date of Interview: 4-5 June 2012
Interviewer: Regina Akers & Tim Frank
Topics Discussed: Recruit Training Center; Orlando, Florida; Naval Air Technical Training Center; Tailhook; National Security Agency; Intelligence; September 11; Chief Petty Officer Association; Naval Support Activity Bahrain; VFA34; Individual Augmentee; Detainee Operations in Iraq; Camp Taji; Iraq; General Order One; Don’t ask, Don’t tell; Warrior Transition Program

Crawford, James W. III RADM
Position at time of Interview: Deputy, Judge Advocate General and Commander, Legal Services
Date of Interview: 6 December 2013 
Interviewer: Regina Akers & Tim Frank
Topics Discussed: Family; parents; life lessons; work ethic; faith and family; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; “It takes a village”; UCLA basketball coach Jim Wooden; Captain Richard Philpot; JAG; USN; Retired; mentoring; promotion to flag rank; deployment to Afghanistan; force protection; out-check with chaplain; September 11 Attack on the Pentagon; Admiral Mike Mullen; VADM DeRenzi; duties as the Commander, Legal Services and the Deputy JAG; “Patton’s rule”; reorganizing JAG; diversity; military justice litigation qualified; a typical day; repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy; ethical decision making; three guiding principles; courageous conversation; sexual assault; Admiral Jeremy “Mike” Boorda

DeRenzi, Nanette M. VADM
Position at time of Interview: Judge Advocate General
Date of Interview: 26 Apr 2013
Interviewer: Regina Akers & Tim Frank
Topics Discussed: Judge Advocate General; upbringing; strong family ties influenced her Navy career; decision to join the Navy; motivation for becoming a lawyer; mentors; James W. Crawford III, her deputy JAG; Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations; Secretary of the Navy; diversity in the JAG corps; female flag wardroom; grounding of the Guardian; advising young lawyers; promotion to flag rank; a typical day; white space; JAG’s mission; impact of politics; budget challenges; cyber; recruitment; JAG think tank; Captain Dawn Tompkins; being responsive to the chain of command; lessons learned; advantages of being a JAG; reflecting on her career; the Navy family

Ferriero, David
Position at time of Interview: Archivist of the United States
Date of Interview: 26 June 2014
Interviewer: Tim Frank, Regina Akers, and Elizabeth McLaughlin
Topics Discussed: Navy career; Civilian career; Family

Fisher, James R.
Position at time of Interview: Director for Strategic Plans and Programming for Religious Ministries, CNIC
Date of Interview: 16 February, 9 March, 16 March & 2 Apr 2012
Interviewer: Regina Akers & Tim Frank
Topics Discussed: USS Surbachi (AE21); USS Caloosahatchee (AO98); Camp Pendleton; California; 1st Marine Division; 2nd Battalion; Fifth Marines; Al Jubail; “Morale” Officers; “Officers eat last”; “Chaplains of the Black Cross”; burning oil wells; Gulf War Syndrome; POW handling/treatment; Kuwait; Al Jubayl airfield; 2nd of the 7th; oil well destruction; Gulf War Syndrome; Yale University; Naval Air Station Sigonella; USS Essex; Coast Guard Headquarters duty; House of Representatives Invocation; Admiral James Loy; USCG; Senator Robert Byrd (D-WVa); NAVBASE Newport RI; Chaplain’s School Course of Instruction; Chief of Chaplain Louis Iasello; Operational Ministry Centers; Fleet Concentration Centers; Staff Commander Surface Force; Atlantic Fleet; Commander Security Transition Command-Afghanista; General Ahmad Naseeb; Afghan National Army; Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs; NAVBASE Newport RI; Chaplain’s School Course of Instruction; Chief of Chaplain Louis Iasello; Operational Ministry Centers; Fleet Concentration Centers; Staff Commander Surface Force; Atlantic Fleet; Commander Security Transition Command-Afghanistan; General Ahmad Naseeb; Afghan National Army; Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs

Hendrix, Henry J. "Jerry" CAPT
Position at time of Interview: Director of Naval History, Naval History and Heritage Command
Date of Interview: 18 Jun & 24 Jun 2014
Interviewer: Regina Akers & Tim Frank
Topics Discussed: Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, Harvard University; Kings College, Tactical Air Control Squadron Eleven, Air Tasking Order (ATO); USS Peliliu (LHA-5), Naval Postgraduate School, Samuel Eliot Morison Scholarship, Captain Edward L. Beach, USN,  USS Theodore Roosevelt  (CVN-71) VADM John Bird, USN, SECNAV Advisory Panel, Dalecarlia Reservoir, Building 46 warehouse; Andrew Marshall; Full-Time Equivalent; General Services Administration; Internal Communication System; Junior Officer; Naval Facilities Engineering Command; Office of Management and Budget; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Wray, Robert O. Jr. RADM
Position at time of Interview: President, Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV)
Date of Interview: 30 Sep 2013
Interviewer: Regina Akers & Tim Frank
Topics Discussed: Anti-Semitism at USNA; Budget; Comparing Rear Admiral Kenneth McKee’s leadership style to Rear Admiral William P. Lawrence’s; Diversity of experience; Interview with ADM Hyman G. Rickover; Inspection; Improving INSURV inspections; Leadership; Lieutenant Mike Mullen, a USNA company officer, later Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; USS Mississippi (CGN 40) Fall 1980 and May 1981-1984; Navy Readiness Regional Reserve Command, Northeast Region; Training; Purpose, uniqueness and importance of INSURV; USNA Honor Committee Chairman; Value and role of the Naval Reserve

Published: Mon Mar 22 11:27:04 EDT 2021