John Michael Richardson (born April 8, 1960) is a four-star admiral in the United States Navy who previously served as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations. He served as the Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program from November 2, 2012 to August 14, 2015. While serving as Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (itself a joint Department of Energy and Department of Navy organization), Richardson was responsible for the command and safe, reliable operation of the United States Navy's nuclear propulsion program and for all the current United States naval reactors deployed for usage as well as all facilities needed to ensure safe operations. On May 13, 2015, United States Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, announced Richardson's nomination to succeed Admiral Jonathan Greenert as Chief of Naval Operations. Richardson served as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations from September 18, 2015 to August 22, 2019. 
John M. Richardson
|Born||April 8, 1960|
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1982–2019|
|Commands held||Chief of Naval Operations|
Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion
Naval Submarine Forces in Norfolk
Submarine Group 8
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (4)
Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership
During his naval career, Richardson has served primarily with submarine operations, serving on USS Parche, USS Salt Lake City, and USS George C. Marshall. Prior to being Director of Nuclear Propulsion, Richardson was Commander, Naval Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR), where he was relieved by Michael J. Connor. Richardson has also commanded USS Honolulu, Submarine Development Squadron 12, Submarine Group 8, and Submarine Allied Naval Forces South. Richardson served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Forces Europe as well as U.S. Naval Forces Africa, Naval Aide to the President of the United States and Director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command. Richardson also attended and received master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the National War College.
On May 13, 2015, Richardson was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), was confirmed August 5, and began serving as CNO on September 18, 2015. In this capacity, Richardson made several trips to China, in an effort to reduce tension between the United States and Chinese military over naval operations conducted by both countries in the South China Sea. On 22 August 2019, Richardson was succeeded by Admiral Michael M. Gilday as the 32nd Chief of Naval Operations.
|Badge||Submarine Warfare insignia (Officer)|
|1st row||Defense Distinguished Service Medal||Navy Distinguished Service Medal (with two gold award stars)||Defense Superior Service Medal (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)|
|2nd row||Legion of Merit (with three gold award stars)||Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold award stars)||Navy Commendation Medal (with three gold award stars)|
|3rd row||Navy Achievement Medal (with one gold award star)||Navy Presidential Unit Citation||Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|4th row||Navy Unit Commendation (with one bronze service star)||Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation||Navy "E" Ribbon (with a Wreathed Battle "E" device)|
|5th row||Navy Expeditionary Medal||National Defense Service Medal (with a bronze service star)||Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|6th row||Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with four service stars)||Brazilian Order of Naval Merit (commander)||Singapore Meritorious Service Medal (Military)|
|Badge||Silver SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia with two gold stars|
|Badge||Command at Sea insignia|
|Badge||Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|Badge||Presidential Service Badge|
The United States' Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral (ADM) John M. Richardson, was conferred Singapore's prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) [or the Meritorious Service Medal (Military)] by President Tony Tan.
| Chief of Naval Operations
Michael M. Gilday