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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.


The Honorable 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.

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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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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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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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