Military Bios

Rear Admiral (Select) Richard B. Wren:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Director, Aviation and Aircraft Carrier Plans and Requirements Branch (N780/785)
Rear Admiral (Select) Richard B. Wren is a native of Washington, D.C. He received his commission and Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1978.
In August 1979 he qualified as a Naval Flight Officer after attending flight training at VT-10 and VAW-120. Rear Adm. (Sel.) Wren reported to the Seahawks of VAW-126 in August 1980 and completed Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea deployments on board USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). He was selected as the 1983 Hawkeye of the Year while serving with the Seahawks.
Upon completing his sea tour in May 1983, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Wren reported to Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md., where he attended the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School. Serving as a Test Naval Flight Officer for the Systems Engineering Test Directorate, he was instrumental in the developmental testing of several aircraft electronic combat systems and E-2C radar upgrades. In September 1986 he joined the Seabats of VAW-127. Serving in every department head billet, he deployed twice to the Mediterranean Sea on board USS Coral Sea (CV 43).
In November 1989, Rear Adm. (Sel.) Wren assumed the duties of Operations Officer, then Executive Officer for Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School, NAS Miramar, Calif. His next assignment, in October 1991, was to the Joint Staff with the National Emergency Airborne Command Post, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., as Strategic Operations Officer.
Rear Adm. (Sel.) Wren reported to the VAW-115 Liberty Bells, NAF Atsugi, Japan, in November 1993 as Executive Officer and assumed command in January 1995. As part of Carrier Air Wing Five, he participated in RIMPAC 94 and 96, and completed two extended deployments with USS Independence (CV 62) to the Arabian Gulf and western Pacific.
He entered the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program in October 1996 and reported to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as Executive Officer in April 1998. During this tour the ship participated in RIMPAC 98, as well as deployed to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific. In March 2000, he assumed duties as Commanding Officer, USS Bridge (AOE 10). While in command, he completed an extended deployment to the Arabian Gulf.
Rear Adm. (Sel.) Wren assumed command of Carl Vinson in October 2001 and immediately began combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In February of 2003, Carl Vinson surged seven months early and completed an 8 1/2 month deployment to the western Pacific. In August 2004 he reported to OPNAV as Director, Aviation and Aircraft Carrier Plans and Requirements Branch (N780/785).
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit awards and citations.
Effective: 9 February 2005


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