Marine Confirmed for SecNav – Richard V Spencer
On August 1, Congress quietly confirmed Richard V Spencer as Secretary of the Navy (SecNav) in a late night session. Sworn in on August 3, he is the 76th person to hold the position. He’s a Marine Veteran, a former USMC aviator.
After joining Wall Street in 1981, he remained in the Marine Corps reserves, where he rose to the rank of Captain. Spencer received a Sea Service Deployment ribbon. Since his records are incomplete, according to wearethemighty, it is unknown where that deployment occurred.
Richard Spencer has been heavily involved in the military since he left the Marine Corps.
Spencer is a graduate of Rollins College in 1976. After his service he worked on Wall Street in Investment Banking for 16 years. Until his new position he was managing director of Fall Creek Management, LLC. His economic knowledge should also help with budgetary items.
Spencer served in the Marine Corps as an H-46 pilot from 1976 until 1981 and has since remained involved with the Navy and the Defense Department by serving on the Defense Business Board, the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation board, Veterans Campaign/Center for Second Service board and Honoring Our Vets board.
The previous nominee, business executive Philip Bilden, an Army veteran, had to pull his name out of consideration when he had difficulty extracting himself from his business dealings.
The previous SecNav, Ray Mabus, was controversial in the position. Though he served in the Navy for a whopping two years, he never did much beyond that service. His decisions for “social experiments” and naming ships after activists considerably lowered morale in the Navy, according to Senator Tom Cotton during the confirmation hearings.
“The morale and welfare of sailors and Marines is of utmost concern for me. Your predecessor displayed what I think is questionable, indeed strange, judgment on some matters. That left him as one of the most unpopular service secretaries of the modern era.” Senator Cotton
During his confirmation hearings, Spencer was asked if he thought that the actions of his predecessor did anything to help readiness for the US Navy. He didn’t comment about Mabus, but he did respond:
“I testified before this committee, I believe in 2015, that it was my belief that the Department of Defense — specifically, individual services — was not to be a Petri dish for social experiments. I totally believe that policy should be developed at the DoD level, and then discussed and socialized and deployed and then obeyed. We have to work together, including all our service people, to make sure that they are given what they need, whether that be spiritually, whether that be psychologically, whether that’s materialistically, to fight forward so that — so readiness is the key and lethality is the product.” Richard V. Spencer, 76th SecNav
He also stated that there is one focus for the United States Navy- to be the “pointy end of the spear” and to “deliver the fight.”
Good answer, sir.