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Leadership

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Leadership

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Leading with purpose and conviction

The ability to lead others is an elemental characteristic of service in America’s Navy. Here, natural leaders are drawn to the pursuit of positions of influence and importance. And emerging leaders are challenged to build their leadership skills through ongoing leadership development.

Meet some of the men and women who have answered the call to serve and who lead the mission of America’s Navy forward today.

SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

The Honorable Sean J. Stackley

On Jan. 20, 2017, Mr. Sean J. Stackley became Acting Secretary of the Navy. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) (Research, Development & Acquisition (RD&A)) following his confirmation by the Senate in July 2008.

Prior to his appointment to ASN (RDA), Mr. Stackley served as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. During his tenure with the Committee, he was responsible for overseeing Navy and Marine Corps programs, U.S. Transportation Command matters and related policy for the Seapower Subcommittee. He also advised on Navy and Marine Corps operations & maintenance, science & technology and acquisition policy.

Mr. Stackley began his career as a Navy surface warfare officer, serving in engineering and combat systems assignments aboard USS John Young (DD 973). Upon completing his warfare qualifications, he was designated as an engineering duty officer and served in a series of industrial, fleet, program office and headquarters assignments in ship design and construction, maintenance, logistics and acquisition policy.

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CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

Admiral John M. Richardson

Admiral Richardson began serving as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations on September 18, 2015. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a bachelor of science in physics and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College. His career as a submariner includes service aboard various submarines; command of USS Honolulu (SSN 718); Commodore of Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 12; Commander of: Submarine Group 8, Submarine Allied Naval Forces South, and Naval Submarine Forces;  Deputy Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Director of Naval Reactors. His staff assignments include duty in the attack submarine division on the Chief of Naval Operations staff; Naval Aide to the President; and Director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command. Admiral Richardson has served on teams that have been awarded everything from the Presidential Unit Citation to the Navy “E” Ribbon. In 2001, he was awarded the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership.

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MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER OF THE NAVY

MCPON (SG/SW/IW) Steven S. Giordano

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano, a native of Baltimore, enlisted in the Navy in June 1989. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida, he reported to Naval Technical Training Center Pensacola, Florida, completing cryptologic technician technical training. Giordano later completed a Bachelor of Science in Management, is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and the National Defense University Keystone course. He is designated a specialist in submarine, surface and information warfare.

Giordano’s early assignments include a tour at Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 1 Agana, Guam, serving as a signals analyst and reporter, an operational deployment to Naval Security Group Det., Bahrain in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and numerous deployments aboard ships and submarines in the Pacific and European areas of responsibility.

Giordano’s command master chief tours include time aboard the guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) and at Navy Information Operations Command Colorado. He also served as the force master chief for Navy Information Dominance Forces and fleet master chief for U.S. Naval Forces Europe/U.S Naval Forces Africa.

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CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL

Vice Admiral Robert Burke

Vice Admiral Robert Burke is a native of Portage, Michigan, and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University and the University of Central Florida.  He assumed the duties as the Navy's 58th Chief of Naval Personnel on May 27, 2016.   Serving concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1), he is responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy. He manages an annual operating budget of $29 billion and leads more than 26,000 employees engaged in the recruiting, personnel management, training and development of Navy personnel. His responsibilities include overseeing Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Personnel Command and Naval Education and Training Command.  

A career submarine officer, Vice Admiral Burke commanded USS Hampton (SSN 767), Submarine Development Squadron 12, and Submarine Group 8.  He has also served as deputy commander for U.S. 6th Fleet, Director of Operations for U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, and Navy's director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy.  He was recognized with the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership in 2005, and is entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (five awards) and various campaign and unit awards.

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