RADM CHRISTOPHER W. COLE, USN (RET)

National Executive Director

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A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate, Rear Admiral Christopher W. Cole comes to AUSN by way of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, where he has served as president.

Rear Admiral Cole’s Navy service has included pilot duty with the Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 15 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68); Personnel Exchange Program pilot with Canadian Forces HS-423, serving as detachment commander aboard HMCS Athabaskan (DDH 282); operations officer of HS-5 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); and executive officer and commanding officer of HS-4 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), deploying in support of Operation Earnest Will (Arabian Gulf). He next served as navigator aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm (Iraq). Selected for ship command, he commanded USS El Paso (LKA 117). RADM Cole later reported to USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) as executive officer and subsequently as commanding officer.

Rear Admiral Cole’s Flag assignments include service as commander U.S. Naval Forces Korea and naval component commander, United Nations Command in Seoul, Republic of Korea; commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; and director of Ashore Readiness on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operation (OPNAV N-46). Following retirement from the Navy in 2004, RADM Cole worked in the private and non-profit sectors for several years before joining the Association of the United States Navy.