Charles A. Richard

American Navy admiral

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Charles A. Richard
Chas Richard STRATCOM 2019.jpg
Born1959 (age 61–62)
Decatur, Alabama, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
BranchUnited States Navy
Years of service1982–present
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands heldUnited States Strategic Command
Submarine Forces
Submarine Force Atlantic
Allied Submarine Command
Submarine Group 10
Submarine Squadron 17
Deep Submergence Vessel NR-1
USS Parche (SSN-683)
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (5)
Alma materUniversity of Alabama (BS)
Catholic University of America (MA)

Charles Anthony "Chas" Richard (born 1959)[1] is a United States Navy admiral who currently serves as the 11th commander of United States Strategic Command. He previously served as Commander Submarine Forces, Submarine Force Atlantic and Allied Submarine Command.

Early life and education

Richard is a native of Decatur, Alabama, and is a 1982 graduate with honors from the University of Alabama. He has earned master's degrees with honors from the Catholic University of America and the Naval War College.

Naval career

Richard's operational assignments include command of USS Parche (SSN-683) as well as Submarine NR-1, then the United States Navy's only nuclear-powered, deep-submergence submarine. He also served aboard USS Portsmouth (SSN-707), USS Asheville (SSN-758) and USS Scranton (SSN-756).

Richard's staff assignments include service as the executive assistant and naval aide to the Under Secretary of the Navy; chief of staff, Submarine Force Atlantic; and command of Submarine Squadron 17 in Bangor, Washington. Other staff assignments include director of resources, Under Secretary of Defense (Policy); squadron engineer of Submarine Squadron 8 and duty on the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Submarine Warfare) staff. He has also served as a member of Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group XXVIII, studying the integration of unmanned systems into naval force structure.

Flag officer assignments include command of Submarine Group 10 in Kings Bay, Georgia; director of Undersea Warfare (OPNAV N97), Pentagon, and deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike at United States Strategic Command.

As commander, Submarine Forces, Richard is the undersea domain lead, and is responsible for the submarine force's strategic vision. As commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, he commands all Atlantic-based United States submarines, their crews and supporting shore activities. These responsibilities also include duties as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 144, CTF 84; commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Forces Western Atlantic; and CTF 46. As commander, Allied Submarine Command, he provides advice to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Strategic Commanders on submarine related issues.

On October 15, 2019, Richard was nominated for promotion to admiral and reassignment as the commanding officer of United States Strategic Command. He appeared for a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services on October 24 and was confirmed by voice vote of the full Senate on October 31. He took over from General Hyten on November 18, 2019.[2] In October 2021, Politico reported that Richard was among the candidates shortlisted to succeed Hyten as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[3]

Awards and decorations

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Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg 1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg
Bronze star
Deep Submergence Officer badge.jpg
Navy CaS.png
US Strategic Command Emblem.svg
Officer Submarine Warfare insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal Navy Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal w/ 2 bronze oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit w/ 4 gold award stars Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 3 award stars Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 2 award stars Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy "E" Ribbon with wreathed Battle E award Navy Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 bronze service star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 2 service stars Navy Arctic Service Ribbon NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia
Officer Deep Submergence insignia
Command at Sea insignia
United States Strategic Command Badge


  1. ^ Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy on Active Duty. Bureau of Naval Personnel. October 1, 1990. p. 81. Retrieved 2021-06-05.
  2. ^ "PN1181 — Adm. Charles A. Richard — Navy". U.S. Congress. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  3. ^ McLeary, Paul (2021-10-18). "Lawmakers on edge over lack of nominee for top Joint Chiefs job". Politico.

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Navy document: "Admiral Charles A. 'Chas' Richard".

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Military offices
Preceded by
Deputy Commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander of Submarine Group 10
Succeeded by
Director of Undersea Warfare of United States Navy
Succeeded by
Preceded by Deputy Commander of the United States Strategic Command
Succeeded by
Preceded by Commander of Naval Submarine Forces and Submarine Force Atlantic
Succeeded by
Commander of the Allied Submarine Command
Preceded by Commander of the United States Strategic Command
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded byas Commander of U.S. Africa Command Order of precedence of the United States
as Commander of U.S. Strategic Command
Succeeded byas Commander of U.S. Northern Command
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