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First Name: Jay

Last Name: Johnson

Birthplace: Great Falls, MT, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: L.

Date of Birth: 05 June 1946

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1968-2000
Jay L. Johnson

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1968

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Jay L. Johnson

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Jay L. Johnson was born on 5 June 1946 in Great Falls, MT, and raised in West Salem, WI. He graduated in 1968 from the U.S. Naval Academy. Upon completion of flight training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in 1969.

His first sea-duty tour was aboard the carrier USSĀ Oriskany, where he made two combat cruises flying the F-8J Crusader with Fighter Squadron 191 (VF-191). Subsequent squadron and sea duty tours after transitioning to the F-14 Tomcat included: VF-142, VF-101, Commanding Officer of VF-84; Commander, Carrier Air Wing ONE and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations for Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.

Shore duty assignments included: Aviation Junior Officer Detailer and Head, Aviation Officer Junior Assignment Branch at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) in Washington, DC; Student, Armed Forces Staff College, in Norfolk, VA; and the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Strategic Studies Group at the Pentagon.

His first Flag Officer assignment was as Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Distribution in BUPERS. In October 1992, he reported as Commander, Carrier Group Eight/Commander, USSĀ Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group. In July 1994, he was assigned as Commander, Second Fleet/Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic/Commander, Joint Task Force 120.

On 1 April 1996, Johnson was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral and reported for duty as the 28th Vice Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, DC. In August 1996, Admiral Johnson became the 26th Chief of Naval Operations, and served until 21 July 2000.

Admiral Johnson retired from the Navy in 2000.

In Retirement

Johnson served as Senior Vice President of Dominion Energy, Inc., from 2000 to 2002; he was Executive Vice President of Dominion Resources, Inc., from December 2002 to September 2008, also President and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Delivery from 2002 to 2007; and Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Virginia Power from October 2007 to September 2008.

Johnson has been a director of General Dynamics, one of the largest U.S. defense contractors since 2003. He served as Vice Chairman from September 2008 to July 2009, and since then as President and Chief Executive Officer on the retirement of Nicholas Chabraja.

Honoree ID: 567   Created by: MHOH




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