Chief of Naval Personnel

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United States Navy
Chief of Naval Personnel
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Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr.jpg
Incumbent
Vice Admiral John B. Nowell Jr

since May 24, 2019
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) is responsible for overall manpower readiness for the United States Navy. The CNP also serves as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) and is one of five Deputy Chiefs of Naval Operations, with the identification of N1/NT.[1] The CNP oversees the operations of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS), Navy Personnel Command (NPC) and the Navy Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC).[2] The CNP and the other four DCNOs are nominated by the President of the United States and must be confirmed via majority vote by the Senate. The CNP and the DCNOs are appointed as a three-star vice admiral while holding office.

The role of Chief of Naval Personnel and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education) go hand in hand. The DCNO performs all strategy and resource policies and serves as a single resource sponsor for all manpower and training program matters. The DCNO also performs all Capitol Hill related duties, including all Congressional testimony for matters pertaining to the Manpower, Personnel, Training, & Education command. The DNCO's office also acts as the lead organization to interface with Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of the Navy (DON) officials, other U.S. military and foreign departments, other Navy commands, other Federal agencies, and private organizations.[3]

List of Chiefs[edit]

The Bureau of Navigation held the responsibilities for personnel management of the United States Navy until 1942, when the Bureau of Naval Personnel was established. Below is the list of Chiefs of the Bureau of Navigation and the Bureau of Naval Personnel:

# Picture Name Rank Start End Notability Ref
1 Charles H. Davis.jpg DavisCharles H. Davis O-04 Rear admiral July 1862 April 1865 Veteran of Filibuster War and American Civil War; Member of Davis political family. [4]
2 Percival Drayton.jpg DraytonPercival Drayton O-04 Captain April 1865 August 1865 Veteran of Paraguay expedition and American Civil War for Union; Brother of Confederate General Thomas Drayton. Percival Drayton died in office. [4]
3 David Dixon Porter - Mathew Brady's National Photographic Art Gallery.jpg DixonDavid Dixon Porter (acting) O-04 Rear admiral August 1865 August 1865 Veteran of Mexican–American War and American Civil War; Later served as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. [4]
4 Thornton Jenkins.JPG JenkinsThornton A. Jenkins O-04 Rear admiral August 1865 April 1869 Veteran of Mexican–American War and American Civil War; Later commanded the Asiatic Squadron. [4]
5 James Alden noaa.jpg AldenJames Alden Jr. O-04 Rear admiral April 1869 October 1871 Veteran of Mexican–American War and American Civil War; Later commanded the European Squadron. [4]
6 Daniel Ammen.jpg AmmenDaniel Ammen O-04 Rear admiral October 1871 June 1878 Veteran of American Civil War; Also commanded the Bureau of Yards and Docks. [4]
7 WhitingWilliam D. Whiting O-04 Commodore June 1878 October 1881 Veteran of American Civil War; [4]
8 FMIB 38677 Rear Admiral J G Walker.jpeg WalkerJohn G. Walker O-04 Rear admiral October 1881 November 1889 Veteran of American Civil War; Also commanded the White Squadron. [4]
9 RADM Francis M. Ramsay.JPG RamsayFrancis M. Ramsay O-04 Rear admiral November 1889 April 1897 Veteran of American Civil War; Also commanded the New York Navy Yard and served as naval attaché in London. [4]
10 Rear Admiral Arent S. Crowninshield.jpg CrowninshieldArent S. Crowninshield O-04 Rear admiral April 1897 April 1902 Veteran of American Civil War and Spanish–American War; Member of Crowninshield family. [4]
11 Henry Clay Taylor (USS Indiana).jpg TaylorHenry C. Taylor O-04 Rear admiral April 1902 August 1904 Veteran of American Civil War and Spanish–American War; Previously served as the President of the Naval War College. Taylor died in office. [4]
12 George A Converse.jpg ConverseGeorge A. Converse O-04 Rear admiral August 1904 May 1907 Veteran of Spanish–American War; Also commanded the Bureau of Ordnance. [4]
13 Willard H. Brownson.jpg BrownsonWillard H. Brownson O-04 Rear admiral May 1907 January 1908 Veteran of Revolta da Armada and Spanish–American War; Also served as the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. [4]
14 Pillsbury03.jpg PillsburyJohn E. Pillsbury O-04 Rear admiral January 1908 July 1909 Veteran of Spanish–American War; Later served as the President of National Geographic Society. [4]
15 William Parker Potter.jpg PotterWilliam P. Potter O-04 Rear admiral July 1909 December 1909 Veteran of Spanish–American War; Later served as aid for Personnel to the Secretary of the Navy George von Lengerke Meyer. [4][5]
16 CAPT Reginald F. Nicholson.jpg NicholsonReginald F. Nicholson O-04 Rear admiral December 1909 January 1912 Veteran of American Civil War, Spanish–American War and World War I; Later served as the first American naval attaché to Ecuador and Peru. Brother of Army general William J. Nicholson. [4]
17 LCCN97507119-cropped.jpg AndrewsPhilip Andrews O-04 Rear admiral January 1912 March 1913 Veteran of Philippine–American War and World War I; Later commanded the US Naval Forces in Europe. Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. [4]
18 Rear Adm'l Victor Blue LCCN2016821317.jpg BlueVictor Blue O-04 Rear admiral March 1913 August 1916 Veteran of Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War and World War I; Served two times as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation. Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and Specially Meritorious Service Medal. [4]
19 Rear Adml. Leigh C. Palmer, 1-3-24 LOC npcc.10305.jpg PalmerLeigh C. Palmer O-04 Rear admiral August 1916 December 1918 Veteran of Spanish–American War and World War I; Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. [4]
20 Rear Adm'l Victor Blue LCCN2016821317.jpg BlueVictor Blue O-04 Rear admiral December 1918 September 1919 Veteran of Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War and World War I; Served two times as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation. Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and Specially Meritorious Service Medal. [4]
21 Washington, Admiral Thomas LOC hec.14640-cropped.jpg WashingtonThomas Washington O-04 Rear admiral September 1919 July 1923 Veteran of Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War and World War I; Later served as Commandant of the Naval Operating Base, San Francisco, California and reached the rank of four-star admiral. Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. [4]
22 LongAndrew T. Long O-04 Rear admiral July 1923 June 1924 Veteran of Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War and World War I; Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Honour. [4]
23 ShoemakerWilliam R. Shoemaker O-04 Rear admiral June 1924 February 1927 Veteran of Spanish–American War, and World War I; Recipient of the Navy Cross. [4]
24 Richard Henry Leigh.JPG LeighRichard H. Leigh O-04 Rear admiral February 1927 May 1930 Veteran of Spanish–American War, and World War I; Later served as four-star admiral as Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet. Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Order of the British Empire and Order of Leopold. [4][6]
25 Frank B Upham.jpg UphamFrank B. Upham O-04 Rear admiral May 1930 July 1933 Veteran of Spanish–American War, and World War I; Later served as four-star admiral as Commander-in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet. Recipient of the Navy Cross. [4]
26 208-PU-115-CC-13 (29678279190).jpg LeahyWilliam D. Leahy O-04 Rear admiral July 1933 June 1935 Veteran of Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War, World War I and World War II; One of four men, who achieved the rank of fleet admiral. Later served as Chief of Naval Operations or first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Recipient of the Navy Cross and three awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal. [4]
27 NH 56042 Vice Admiral Adolphus Andrews, USN.jpg AndrewsAdolphus Andrews O-04 Rear admiral June 1935 June 1938 Veteran of Spanish–American War, Veracruz Expedition, World War I and World War II; Reached the rank of vice admiral. Later served as Commander, Eastern Sea Frontier. Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. [4]
28 James Richardson.jpg RichardsonJames O. Richardson O-04 Rear admiral June 1938 June 1939 Veteran of Spanish–American War, Philippine–American War, World War I and World War II; Reached the rank of admiral. Later served as Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet. [4]
29 Chester Nimitz-fleet-admiral.jpg NimitzChester W. Nimitz O-04 Rear admiral June 1939 December 1941 Veteran of World War I and World War II; One of four men, who achieved the rank of fleet admiral. Later served as Chief of Naval Operations or Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet. Recipient of four awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal and one Army Distinguished Service Medal. [4]
30 JacobsRandall Jacobs O-04 Rear admiral December 1941 September 1945 Veteran of World War I and World War II; Reached the rank of vice admiral. Held the command of the bureau for the duration of World War II. Recipient of Navy Distinguished Service Medal. [4]
31 80-G-704657 (26290116655).jpg DenfeldLouis E. Denfeld O-04 Rear admiral September 1945 February 1947 Veteran of Veracruz Expedition, Haitian Campaign, World War I and World War II; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later served as Chief of Naval Operations or Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet. Recipient of Navy Distinguished Service Medal and three awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
32 William Fechteler.jpg FechtelerWilliam M. Fechteler O-04 Vice admiral February 1947 September 1949 Veteran of World War I and World War II; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later served as Chief of Naval Operations or Commander-in-Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet. Recipient of two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, one Army Distinguished Service Medal and one award of Legion of Merit. [4]
33 RoperJohn W. Roper O-04 Vice admiral September 1949 March 1951 Veteran of World War I and World War II; Reached the rank of vice admiral. Recipient of Legion of Merit and one Navy Commendation Medal. [4]
34 DuBoseLaurance T. DuBose O-04 Vice admiral March 1951 February 1953 Veteran of Haitian Campaign, World War I, Yangtze Patrol and World War II; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later served as Commander-in-Chief, United States First Fleet or Commander, Eastern Sea Frontier. Recipient of three awards of the Navy Cross and three awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
35 Admiral James L Holloway Jr.PNG Holloway Jr.James L. Holloway Jr. O-04 Vice admiral February 1953 January 1956 Veteran of World War I and World War II; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later commanded United States Naval Forces Europe during 1958 Lebanon crisis. Recipient of Navy Distinguished Service Medal and one award of Legion of Merit. [4]
36 Harold Page Smith.jpg SmithHarold P. Smith O-04 Vice admiral January 1956 February 1960 Veteran of World War II; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later commanded United States Atlantic Command. Recipient of the Navy Cross, Navy Distinguished Service Medal and two awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
37 SmedbergWilliam R. Smedberg III O-04 Vice admiral February 1960 May 1964 Veteran of World War II and Korea; Previously served as the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star and five awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
38 VADM Benedict J. Semmes Jr.jpg Semmes Jr.Benedict J. Semmes Jr. O-04 Vice admiral May 1964 April 1968 Veteran of World War II and Korea; Later served as the President of the Naval War College or Commander-in-Chief, United States Second Fleet. Recipient of the Navy Cross, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and one award of Legion of Merit. [4]
39 ADM Duncan, Charles K.jpg DuncanCharles K. Duncan O-04 Vice admiral April 1968 August 1970 Veteran of World War II; Later served as the Commander-in-Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet. Recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and one award of Legion of Merit. [4]
40 Dick Henry Guinn.jpg GuinnDick H. Guinn O-04 Vice admiral August 1970 February 1972 Veteran of World War II and Korean War; Later served as the Commander-in-Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet. Recipient of the Navy Cross, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and one award of Legion of Merit. [4][7]
41 Bagley, David Harrington.JPG BagleyDavid H. Bagley O-04 Vice admiral February 1972 April 1975 Veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam; Son of four-star Admiral David W. Bagley and brother of four-star admiral Worth H. Bagley. Recipient of two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and four awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
42 Admiral James Watkins, official military photo.JPEG WatkinsJames D. Watkins O-04 Vice admiral April 1975 July 1978 Veteran of Korea and Vietnam; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later served as United States Secretary of Energy or Chair of the President's Commission on the HIV Epidemic. Recipient of two awards of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, three awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and three awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
43 Baldwin robert b.jpg BaldwinRobert B. Baldwin O-04 Vice admiral July 1978 August 1980 Veteran of World War II and Vietnam; Previously served as Commander-in-Chief, United States Seventh Fleet. Recipient of two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and two awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
44 ZechLando W. Zech Jr. O-04 Vice admiral August 1980 September 1983 Veteran of World War II and Korea; Previously served as Commander Naval Forces Japan. Recipient of two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and two awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
45 William P Lawrence.jpg LawrenceWilliam P. Lawrence O-04 Vice admiral September 1983 January 1986 Veteran of Korea and Vietnam; Later served as Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. Recipient of four awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and three awards of Silver Star. [4]
46 CarlsonDudley L. Carlson O-04 Vice admiral January 1986 October 1987 Veteran of Vietnam; Two awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
47 Portrait of US Navy Admiral Leon A. Edney.jpg EdneyLeon A. Edney O-04 Vice admiral October 1987 August 1988 Veteran of Vietnam; Retired as four-star admiral. Served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations or Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. Two awards of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and five awards of Distinguished Flying Cross. [4]
48 Jeremy M. Boorda.jpg BoordaJeremy M. Boorda O-04 Vice admiral August 1988 November 1991 Veteran of Vietnam and Bosnian War; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Served as Chief of Naval Operations or United States Naval Forces Europe. Two awards of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, four awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and one award of Army Distinguished Service Medal. [4]
49 Ronald J Zlatoper.jpg ZlatoperRonald J. Zlatoper O-04 Vice admiral November 1991 July 1994 Veteran of Vietnam and Gulf War; Retired as four-star admiral. Later served as Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet. One award of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, one award of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and three awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
50 FrankBowman.jpg BowmanFrank Bowman O-04 Vice admiral July 1994 September 1996 Veteran of Vietnam and Gulf War; Retired as four-star admiral. Also served as Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion. One award of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, one award of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and four awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
51 OliverDaniel T. Oliver O-04 Vice admiral September 1996 November 1999 Veteran of Gulf War; Later served as President of the Naval Postgraduate School. One award of Defense Superior Service Medal, and four awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
52 Rear Admiral (upper half) Norbert R. Ryan, USN.jpg RyanNorbert R. Ryan Jr. O-04 Vice admiral November 1999 October 2002 Veteran of Gulf War; Twin brother of Vice Admiral John R. Ryan. Two awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
53 VADM Gerald L Hoewing.gif HoewingGerald L. Hoewing O-04 Vice admiral October 2002 November 2005 Veteran of Gulf War; Previously served as Commander, Carrier Group Seven. Navy Distinguished Service Medal and four awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
54 ADM John C Harvey Jr.jpg HarveyJohn C. Harvey Jr. O-04 Vice admiral November 2005 April 2008 Veteran of Gulf War; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later served as Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command. Recipient of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal and five awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
55 ADM Ferguson 2016.jpg FergusonMark E. Ferguson III O-04 Vice admiral April 2008 October 2011 Veteran of Gulf War; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later served as Commander-in-Chief, United States Naval Forces Europe. Recipient of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal and three awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
56 VADM Scott Van Buskirk Official Portrait 2011.jpg Van BuskirkScott R. Van Buskirk O-04 Vice admiral October 2011 August 2013 Veteran of Iraq War; Later served as Commander-in-Chief, United States Seventh Fleet. Recipient of two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and seven awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
57 Moran 2016 2.jpg MoranWilliam F. Moran O-04 Vice admiral August 2013 May 2016 Veteran of Gulf War; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Recipient of two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and five awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
58 Adm. Robert P. Burke.jpg BurkeRobert P. Burke O-04 Vice admiral May 2016 May 2019 Veteran of Gulf War; Reached the rank of four-star admiral. Later served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Recipient of two awards of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and five awards of Legion of Merit. [4]
59 Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr.jpg NowellJohn B. Nowell O-04 Vice admiral May 2019 Incumbent Veteran of Gulf War; Previously served as Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy. Recipient of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, six awards of Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal. [4]

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References[edit]

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