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Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Hughes Nominated as Deputy CNO for Warfighting Development

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Rear Adm. Jeffrey Hughes, commander of the Navy Personnel Command, has been nominated to serve as deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting development within the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced the nomination and Hughes’ possible promotion to the rank of vice admiral, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Hughes, who also serves as the deputy chief of naval personnel based in Millington, Tennessee, joined the service in 1989 as a naval aviator. His more than three decades of experience includes leading the Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and heading the Navy Recruiting Command and the Expeditionary Strike Group 2.

He assumed his current post in March 2018. The military officer is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal, among other recognition.