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Jonathan William "Jon" Greenert (born May 15, 1953)[1] is a former United States Navy admiral who served as the 30th Chief of Naval Operations from September 23, 2011, to September 18, 2015. He previously served as the 36th Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 13, 2009, to August 22, 2011.[2] Prior to that, he served as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from September 29, 2007, to July 29, 2009, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources from September 2006 to September 2007 and Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet from August 2004 to September 2006. He retired from the Navy after over 40 years of service. On April 19, 2016, retired Admiral Greenert was appointed to the board of directors for BAE Systems for a three-year term.[3]

Jonathan Greenert
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert (CNO).jpg
Nickname(s) Jon
Born (1953-05-15) May 15, 1953 (age 64)
Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1975–2015
Rank US Navy O10 infobox.svg Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Operations
Vice Chief of Naval Operations
U.S. Fleet Forces Command
U.S. Seventh Fleet
Submarine Squadron 11
U.S. Naval Forces Marianas
USS Honolulu
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (6)
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal


Early life and educationEdit

A native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Butler, Pennsylvania,[4] Greenert attended Butler Catholic School and Butler Senior High School. While in high school, he participated in Keystone Boys State, an American Legion leadership program.[5] He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering and completed studies in nuclear power for service as a submarine officer.[6]


Greenert escorting Jimmy Buffett on a tour of Pearl Harbor in June 2003.

His career as a submariner included assignments onboard USS Flying Fish as Electrical Material Officer, USS Tautog as Electrical/Operations Officer, and Submarine NR-1 as Engineer Officer. He served as Executive Officer of USS Michigan's Gold Crew before taking command of USS Honolulu in March 1991. In 1992, he was awarded the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership by Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Following his command at sea, Greenert served as Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, and Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific (COMSUBPAC) Representative West Coast from July 1996 to June 1997.

Flag assignmentsEdit

In July 1997, Greenert reported as Chief of Staff for Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, in Yokosuka, Japan. During his tour in Japan, he was selected to flag rank and subsequently served as Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, representative to Micronesia/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas, from October 1998 through December 1999. On August 6, 2004, Greenert assumed command of U.S. Seventh Fleet.

Greenert takes part in a bread and salt ceremony, a traditional Slavic welcoming ceremony, after arriving in Vladivostok, Russia, July 3, 2006.

Greenert's shore assignments include tours as COMSUBPAC Staff Fire Control Officer, Program Analyst for Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group and Head, Navy Program Planning and Development Branch for the Chief of Naval Operations Staff in Washington, D.C.

He served as Director, Operations Division in the Navy Comptroller Office from January 2000 through August 2002, and as Deputy and Chief of Staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet from August 2002 until July 2004.

On September 23, 2011, Greenert became the 30th Chief of Naval Operations, succeeding Admiral Gary Roughead.


On March 3, 2016, the National Bureau of Asian Research announced that Admiral Greenert (ret.) would become the third holder of the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies (Shali Chair) at NBR.[7] At NBR, Admiral Greenert brings to bear his years of experience in the U.S. Navy to help inform policy debates on critical issues pertaining to the Asia-Pacific through briefings of senior leaders, and research and writing.

The board chairman of Arlington-based BAE Systems Inc., Michael Chertoff, a former secretary of Homeland Security, announced April 19, 2016, that retired Admiral Greenert was appointed to the board of directors for BAE Systems for a three-year term. “Admiral Greenert brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from a distinguished, 40-year career as a senior military officer and government leader,” Chertoff said in a statement. “His experience in management, operations, and strategic planning will be highly valuable, and I’m pleased to welcome him to the board.” [8]

Personal lifeEdit

Greenert and his wife Darleen have three adult children: two sons and a daughter.[6][9]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Submarine Warfare insignia (Officer)[10]
Defense Distinguished Service Medal[11]
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with 1 silver award star Army Distinguished Service Medal[12] Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit with 3 award stars
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 award star Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 3 award stars Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 2 award stars
Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with 2 bronze service stars Navy "E" Ribbon with Wreathed Battle E device
Navy Expeditionary Medal with 1 service star National Defense Service Medal with 1 service star Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 service stars Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with 2 service stars
Special Operations Service Ribbon Meritorious Service Medal (Military) (Singapore) 13 May 2013 Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) 26 May 2014
Commander of the Order of Naval Merit (Brazil) 16 September 2014 Grand Cross of the Order of Naval Merit Admiral Padilla (Colombia) 18 January 2015 Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Officer Deep Submergence insignia
Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia with two gold stars
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge


  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[2]".

  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ J. W. Greenert (August 13, 2009). "VICE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS CHANGE OF OFFICE". U.S. Department of the Navy, Office of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Retrieved August 17, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Christopher P. Cavas (April 19, 2016). "Former CNO Greenert Named To BAE Board". Defense News. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ <<<=theobj.bylinetime>>>. "New chief of naval operations a Steelers fan and a 'regular guy' | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  5. ^ Andrew Carr, "Chief of Naval Operations speaks at Keystone Boys State graduation," The [Cumberland] Sentinel, June 27, 2015,
  6. ^ a b "New chief of naval operations a Steelers fan and a 'regular guy'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 18, 2011. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Brian Roehrkasse (April 19, 2016). "Admiral Jonathan Greenert Joins BAE Systems, Inc. Board of Directors". Business Wire. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert delivers remarks at the CNO Change of Command Ceremony" (PDF). United States Navy. September 23, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Hall of Valor — Valor awards for Jonathan William Greenert". Military Times. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Richardson Becomes New Chief of Naval Operations; Greenert Retires After 40 Years". USNI. 

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