Former CNO, NHF Chairman Attends Centennial Anniversary

WASHINGTON (May 11, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and retired Adm. James Holloway, former CNO, cut the cake during the centennial celebration for the office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Navy staff at the Washington Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)

WASHINGTON (May 11, 2015) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and retired Adm. James Holloway, former CNO, cut the cake during the centennial celebration for the office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Navy staff at the Washington Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)


Former Chief of Naval Operations and distinguished NHF Chairman Admiral James L. Holloway, III, USN (Ret.) was on hand at the National Museum of the United States Navy at the Washington Navy Yard on 11 May to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the office of Chief of Naval Operations. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and current Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert, USN joined Holloway in celebrating this date, which marks the appointment of the first CNO in 1915, Admiral William S. Benson.

Admiral Holloway is the oldest living CNO today. Admiral Greenert took time out of his address to personally thank Admiral Holloway for his dedication as CNO and his mentorship to him. Following his brief address, Holloway and Greenert posed for pictures as they cut a cake commemorating the event.

In honor of the event, our partners at the Naval History and Heritage Command released a commemorative program book about the establishment of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. CNO Greenert presented special guests with the NHHC publication. The book, available online, tells the story of the establishment of the office and includes brief biographies on each of the forty CNOs from 1915 to present day.

Holloway served as the 20th Chief of Naval Operations from 1974 to 1978. Following his retirement from active duty in 1978, he served as a consultant and board member to many military and maritime organizations, including the Naval Historical Foundation.

Holloway served as the President of the Naval Historical Foundation from 1990 to 1998, the longest in the history of the organization. He moved on to become the Chairman of NHF from 1998 to 2008. He was named Chairman Emeritus after the position was taken over by Admiral Bruce DeMars, USN (Ret.) that year.

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