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Arleigh Albert Burke (October 19, 1901 – January 1, 1996) was an admiral of the United States Navy who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), the lead ship of its class of Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyers, was commissioned in Burke's honor in 1991, during his lifetime.

James Robert Hogg (born November 23, 1934) is a retired United States Navy four star admiral who served as U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee (USMILREP) from 1988 to 1991.

Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Hogg graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in the Navy in June 1956. He served for thirty-five years, attaining the rank of admiral in October 1988.

His sea commands included a guided missile cruiser, two destroyer squadrons, and a cruiser-destroyer flotilla. He commanded the United States Seventh Fleet from May 1983 to March 1985.

His Staff service included assignment as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel, Director of Military Personnel Policy, and Director of Naval Warfare working in the areas of military requirements and acquisition.

Before retirement from the Navy in May 1991, he served three years as the U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee. He also served for four years as President of the National Security Industrial Association, a major national defense industry association of some 400 companies of all sizes from all segments of industry that relate to U.S. national security.

Admiral Hogg, in addition to the U.S. Naval Academy, is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College and holds a degree of Master of Science in Business Administration at George Washington University. While on active duty he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (three), the Legion of Merit (three) and other U.S. and foreign decorations. He has received the Vice Admiral Charles E. Weakley Award (1989), the Betsy Ross Freedom Award (1991), the Rolland M. Teel Award (1995), and the U.S. Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate Award (2018).

In July 1995 he was appointed the Director of the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, from which he retired in mid-2013.

Vice Admiral Hunt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology. He was commissioned in February 1976 through the Officer Candidate School program in Newport, R.I. He attended Naval Post Graduate School, receiving a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management in March 1988.

Hunt served in USS Sampson (DDG 10), USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Roark (FF 1053). As Commanding Officer of USS Crommelin (FFG 37) from August 1993 to May 1995, he deployed as part of the Kitty Hawk Battle Group in support of Korean Contingency Operations. Following his command tour, he served as assistant chief of staff of Operations and Plans for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, deploying twice as part of the George Washington Battle Group. He served as Commanding Officer, USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and air warfare commander for the Enterprise Battle Group from December 1999 to July 2001. In July 2005, he assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Six/John F Kennedy Strike Group. Additionally, he served as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, United States Central Command from April 2006 to February 2007; Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet from June 2009 to April 2011; and Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet from June 2011 to July 2012. He became Director, Navy Staff in August 2012 and retired from the Navy in November 2013.

Shore assignments include: assistant professor Naval/Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, The Ohio State University; communications systems officer for Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), Joint Staff; executive assistant to Director, Surface Warfare (N86); executive assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements, and Assessments (N8), and Executive Assistant Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He additionally served as Deputy Director, Strategy & Policy (J5), Joint Staff and Director, Programming Division (N80), Navy Staff.

Personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.

Vice Admiral LaFleur has been with Booz Allen Hamilton since 2005. Vice Admiral LaFleur spent almost 35 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Vice Admiral in March 2005. During his time in the U.S. Navy he served as the community leader for the Surface Navy for nearly 4 years. While ensuring the current readiness of the Surface Navy, he was also charting its future course through transformational efforts aimed at enhancing the ability of the force to fight and win. He also served concurrently as the Pacific Fleet Surface Force Type Commander. In that capacity, he provided properly manned, trained, equipped, and combat-ready warships and special combat support forces to operational commanders throughout the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf areas of operation. Vice Admiral LaFleur received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970 and his M.S. in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1981.

Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin, III , was born in Bronxville, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Science from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While at the Naval Academy, he was selected as an Honorable Mention " All American " in Lacrosse.

His sea duty assignment include tours of duty on USS STICKELL (DD 888) as Communications Officer/ Electronics, Material Officer/Operations Officer; on USS WARRINGTON (DD 843) as Operations Officer, on USS BLANDY (DD 943) as Executive Officer, and as Commanding Officer, USS DOMINANT (MSO 431), USS BRISCOE 9DD 977), and USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51). During these command tours he participated in Cuban Refugee, Lebanon Crisis, Counter Drug and Desert Shield/Storm operations.

Ashore, he has served in the Naval Advisory Group, Vietnam and Naval Officer Training Center, U.S. Naval Academy Physical Education Department and later as Assistant Director of Candidate Guidance; Naval Military Personnel Command as an Assignment Officer; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head, Surface Warfare Training Plans Branch, Surface Warfare Manpower and Training Requirements Division; and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Program Planning Division.

Vice Admiral Giffin was promoted to Flag Rank in July 1992 and completed his first Flag Officer assignment in November 1994 as Assistant chief of Staff, Logistics, Allied Forces Southern Europe. Assigned as Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group TWO in March 1995, he deployed to the Mediterranean as commander, George Washington Battle Group, and earned his second star in June 1995. In September 1996 he assumed duties as Deputy and Chief of Staff, United States Atlantic Fleet. He was promoted to vice Admiral and assumed command of the Atlantic Fleet Naval Surface Force of July 1, 1997.

Vice Admiral Giffin earned his Master of Science Degree in Industrial Personnel Management from George Washington University. Additionally, he graduated with highest distinction from the National War College.

His decorations include the Defense Superior Medal, the Legion of Merit with three gold stars; the Bronze Star; the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars; the Vietnam Honor Medal First Class; and various service and campaign awards.

Currently Henry Giffin manages a sales division of a NYSE company. As group leader of his division he overseas several hundred staff members. This year his division has been responsible for several hundred million in sales to the US NAVY.

Captain Tackett received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and was commissioned via the University’s ROTC program in 1971. His initial tour of duty was onboard USS GALLUP (PG-85) followed by tours in STERRETT, WADDELL, DESRON –15, DEYO and as Commanding Officer of USS FAHRION. He received his Masters Degree in Finance from the Naval Post Graduate School in 1981.

Captain Tackett has twice served on the OPNAV Staff, first within the Surface Warfare Office for Plans and Budget and following his command at sea tour, as Director of Ship Self Defense. He has served in 2 significant shore assignments in NAVSEA, first as the Deputy Program Manager for Cooperative Engagement (CEC) followed by assignment as Program Management for the NATO SeaSparrow Program.

Since retirement in 1999, Captain Tackett has been a senior manager for BAE Systems serving on the staff of the Italian Ministry of Defense in Rome, Italy and currently as Director of Technical Operations for the Surface Warfare Directorate.

Captain Tackett resides in Rockville, Md and is a lifetime member of SNA.

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National Directors at Large


Approximately a third of the Directors at Large are elected each year for a 3 year term, starting immediately after the National Symposium in January. Call for nominations are distributed each September and the elections are held in November. If you would like to nominate someone for a position on the Board please email communications@navysna.org.

  • QMCS Donald Alvarado, USN2018-2021
  • CAPT Christopher Barnes, USN2018-2021
  • CDR Emily Bassett, USN2019-2022
  • Mr. Christopher Bova2017-2020
  • GSCS(SW/AW) John Bradshaw, USN2019-2022
  • CMDCM David Carter, USN2017-2020
  • LT Rebecca Conti-Vock, USN2018-2021
  • LCDR Jason Garfield, USN2019-2022
  • RADM Sinclair Harris, USN (Ret)2017-2020
  • RADM Brad Hicks, USN (Ret)2019-2022
  • LCDR Nicholas Hoffmann, USN2018-2021
  • LCDR Monica Iannacone, USNR2017-2020
  • CAPT Jon Kaufmann, USN (Ret)2018-2021
  • BM3 Harriett Martin, USN2019-2022
  • CDR Riley Murdock, USN2017-2020
  • LCDR Justin Nadolny, USCG2019-2022
  • CDR Peter Niles, USCG2018-2021
  • MKC Heath Reid, USCG2017-2020
  • LCDR Douglas Robb, USN2017-2020
  • CAPT Michael Salvato, USN (Ret)2019-2022
  • CAPT Glen Sears, USN (Ret)2019-2022
  • RADM James Shannon, USN (Ret)2018-2021
  • RDML Cynthia Thebaud, USN (Ret)2017-2020
  • OS1 James Thornton, USN2018-2021
  • LCDR Arthur Zepf, USN2017-2020
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