Spring Quarterly 2016 – Admiral Padgett & RADM “Chas” Richard
21 April 2016 Over 50 members and guests gathered for the Capitol Chapter’s spring meeting at the Army Navy Country Club (ANCC) in Arlington, VA on Thursday, 21 April 2016, including five midshipmen from the George Washing University ROTC unit. All were treated to an opening presentation by the Naval Submarine League President, RADM John Padgett (ret.) and a presentation by RADM “Chas” Richards the Director of Undersea Warfare, OPNAV N97.
Admiral Padgett provided an overview of submarine force capability investment priorities. He discussed the increasing demand signal from the combatant commanders for undersea capabilities (see recent news reporting on remarks from ADM Harris, USPACOM and Gen. Breedlove, USEUCOM), and he reminded the audience of the challenges that current levels of defense spending present in achieving the force’s priorities.
RADM Richards challenged attendees to think critically about the “next generation” of capabilities that need to be realized in order for the U.S. to stay dominate in the undersea environment. The next generation of capabilities needs to place greater emphasis on military effects created within and from the undersea domain and must include increased synergy between submarines and unmanned systems and expanded operations involving electromagnetic maneuver warfare, cyber, and the seabed.
The business portion of the lunch included President, Brad Kratovil, announcing the results of the voting for President and Secretary. Through unanimous chapter-wide vote, Brad was re-elected as President and Dixon Hicks was elected as Secretary, both for two-year terms. Dixon is a recently retired submarine officer who served 29 years in the Navy with tours on six submarines including command of USS Portsmouth (SSN-707), USS Topeka (SSN-754), and USS Ohio (SSGN-726). Dixon is relieving Lorie Allen who completed a record-setting 20 years in the position. Lorie, an “amphibious force sailor from the Cold War era” was duly honored for his tremendous service to the submarine force (including heart-felt thanks from five chapter presidents he served under) and was designated an “Honorary Submariner” by RADM Richard.