Schedule of Events
August 22, 2019 | 1000
Sail Loft, Washington Navy Yard, D.C.
Master of Ceremonies
Captain Thomas R. Williams, USN
Arrival of the Official Party
U.S. Navy Band
Father Francis P. Foley, Captain, CHC, USN
Secretary of Navy Remarks
The Honorable Richard V. Spencer
Presentation of Awards
CNO Richardson Remarks
Reading of Orders
CNO Gilday Remarks
Adm. Richardson and Family Piped Ashore
Departure of the Official Party
Past Chiefs of Naval Operations
1915 – 1919 Admiral William S. Benson
1919 – 1923 Admiral Robert E. Coontz
1923 – 1927 Admiral Edward W. Eberle
1927 – 1930 Admiral Charles F. Hughes
1930 – 1933 Admiral William V. Pratt
1933 – 1937 Admiral William H. Standley
1937 – 1939 Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy
1939 – 1942 Admiral Harold R. Stark
1942 – 1945 Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King
1945 – 1947 Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
1947 – 1949 Admiral Louis E. Denfeld
1949 – 1951 Admiral Forrest P. Sherman
1951 – 1953 Admiral William M. Fechteler
1953 – 1955 Admiral Robert B. Carney
1955 – 1961 Admiral Arleigh A. Burke
1961 – 1963 Admiral George W. Anderson Jr.
1963 – 1967 Admiral David L. McDonald
1967 – 1970 Admiral Thomas H. Moorer
1970 – 1974 Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr.
1974 – 1978 Admiral James L. Holloway III
1978 – 1982 Admiral Thomas B. Hayward
1982 – 1986 Admiral James D. Watkins
1986 – 1990 Admiral Carlisle A.H. Trost
1990 – 1994 Admiral Frank B. Kelso II
1994 – 1996 Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda
1996 – 2000 Admiral Jay L. Johnson
2000 – 2005 Admiral Vernon E. Clark
2005 – 2007 Admiral Michael G. Mullen
2007 – 2011 Admiral Gary Roughead
2011 – 2015 Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert
Richard V. Spencer
Richard V. Spencer of Wyoming was sworn in as the 76th Secretary of the Navy Aug. 3, 2017.
A Connecticut native, Spencer graduated from Rollins College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Upon graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and proudly served as an H-46 pilot until 1981 before departing active duty to enter the private finance sector.
Spencer worked on Wall Street for 16 years with responsibilities centered on investment banking services and a particular focus on strategic advisory services and capital market underwriting. After three years as president of Crossroads Investment Management LLC, a leading venture capital and private equity fund-of-funds investment firm, Spencer joined Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE-ICE), the leading electronic commodity futures exchange, as chief financial officer. ICE introduced transparency and risk management to the global derivatives markets. As vice chairman he was responsible for the transition of the company from private to public, including initial board of directors recruitment, the initial public offering and the subsequent three secondary offerings, financial reporting, strategy development and implementation, and human resources management. From 2007 to 2017 Spencer was the managing director of Fall Creek Management, LLC.
Spencer served on the Board of Directors of Global Atlantic Financial Group, ENGAGEcx LLC, 86Borders LLC and StarPound Technologies. His charitable activities include board service on the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Teton County Search & Rescue Foundation, Veterans Campaign/Center for Second Service, and Honoring Our Vets. Spencer Served on the Defense Business Board and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel.
John M. Richardson
Adm. John Richardson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He holds master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and National Security Strategy from the National War College.
At sea, Richardson served on USS Parche (SSN 683), USS George C. Marshall (SSBN 654) and USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716). He commanded USS Honolulu (SSN 718) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Richardson also served as commodore of Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 12; commander, Submarine Group 8; commander, Submarine Allied Naval Forces South; deputy commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa; commander, Naval Submarine Forces, and director of Naval Reactors.
His staff assignments include duty in the attack submarine decision on the chief of naval operations staff; naval aide to the president; prospective commanding officer instructor for Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet; assistant deputy director for Regional Operations on the Joint Staff; and director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command. Richardson served on teams that have been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy “E” Ribbon. He was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for his time in command of USS Honolulu.
Richardson began serving as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations September 18, 2015.
Michael M. Gilday
Adm. Mike Gilday is the son of a Navy Sailor. A surface warfare officer, he is a native of Lowell, Massachusetts and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds master’s degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and the National War College.
At sea, he deployed with USS Chandler (DDG 996), USS Princeton (CG 59), and USS Gettysburg (CG 64). He commanded the destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) and subsequently, commanded Destroyer Squadron 7, serving as sea combat commander for the Ronald Regan Carrier Strike Group.
As a flag officer, he served as commander Carrier Strike Group 8 embarked aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and as commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet.
His staff assignments include the Bureau of Naval Personnel, the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, and the staff of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Joint assignments include executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and naval aide to the President.
As a flag officer, he served in joint positions as director of operations for NATO’s Joint Force Command Lisbon; as chief of staff for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; director of operations, J3, for U.S. Cyber Command; and as director of operations, J3, for the Joint Staff. He recently served as director, Joint Staff.
He has served on teams that have been recognized with numerous awards and is the recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (five awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
The Sailor’s Creed
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of
the United States of America and I will obey the
orders of those appointed over me. I represent
the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who
have gone before me to defend freedom and
democracy around the world. I proudly serve
my country’s Navy combat team with Honor,
Courage and Commitment. I am committed
to excellence and the fair treatment of all.