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Rear Admiral Richard J. O’Hanlon:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Director, Standing Joint Forces Headquarters U.S. Joint Forces Command
Rear Admiral O’Hanlon is Director, Standing Joint Forces Headquarters, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Suffolk, Va. Rear Adm. O’Hanlon is charged with development of the SJFHQ prototype and supporting the regional commanders in the establishment of a SJFHQ. The admiral and his team of planning, operations, information management and information superiority experts form the backbone of the Joint Task Force command structure.
He is a 1976 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1977.
Seagoing assignments include service in Attack Squadron Four Six on board USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) flying the A-7E Corsair II and Strike Fighter Squadron One Three Two on board USS Coral Sea (CV 43) flying the F/A-18 Hornet. Rear Adm. O’Hanlon also served as the Staff Strike Operations Officer with Carrier Group Three aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). He also served as Executive Officer of Carl Vinson. He commanded Strike Fighter Squadron Three Seven on board John F. Kennedy and commanded the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1).
Prior to reporting to US JFCOM, Rear Adm. O’Hanlon commanded USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and completed two combat deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Under his command, the ship was awarded the Battenberg Cup, the 2001 Battle Efficiency pennant, the Flatley Award for operational excellence and the Department of the Navy’s Safety Award.
Rear Adm. O’Hanlon served ashore at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md., conducting developmental and engineering test projects on the A-7 and the FA-18. He was also assigned as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Legislative Affairs, Washington, D.C., and as Chief of Staff to Commander, Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (Class 81) and completed the rigorous nuclear power training program in 1995.
Rear Adm. O’Hanlon has flown over 3,800 flight hours in 30 different military aircraft and has logged over 800 carrier-arrested landings. He is the recipient of three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals as well as numerous unit commendations and awards.
Updated: 8 January 2004


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