Ship’s Sponsor

  • The Honorable Caroline Kennedy, United States Ambassador to Australia

Honorary Commissioning Committee

  • Admiral William E. Gortney, USN, Retired
  • Admiral John M. Richardson, USN, Retired
  • Vice Admiral Richard P. Breckenridge, USN, Retired
  • Vice Admiral Andrew L. Lewis, USN, Retired
  • Vice Admiral DeWolfe H. Miller, III, USN Retired
  • Vice Admiral Troy M. Shoemaker, USN, Retired
  • Vice Admiral Nora W. Tyson, USN, Retired
  • Rear Admiral Dennis E. FitzPatrick, Retired
  • Rear Admiral Roy J. Kelley, USN, Retired
  • Rear Admiral David A. Welch, USN, Retired
  • Captain Todd Marzano, USN, Retired
  • The Honorable James W. Cicconi
  • Mr. Bob Haner
  • Mr. Mark Honecker
  • Ms. Lisa Dante Papini
  • Mr. John Riley

Commissioning Committee

  • Ms. Maryellen Baldwin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Navy League Hampton Roads
  • Captain Louis J. Schager, USN, Retired, Chairman of the Board, Navy League Hampton Roads
  • Captain Stephen J. Laukaitis, USN, Retired, Board of Directors, Navy League Hampton Roads
  • Ms. Bre Kingsbury, Vice President of Development
  • Mrs. Meredith Shafley, Development and Program Manager

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USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Commissioning

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