Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen became the 20th Chief of Naval Research, commanding the Office of Naval Research (ONR), on June 7, 2000. As the Chief of Naval Research, RADM Cohen manages the science and technology programs of the Navy and Marine Corps from basic research through manufacturing technologies.

In addition to his position as Chief of Naval Research, RADM Cohen also assumed the duties of Director, Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and Assistant Deputy Commandant (Science and Technology), Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.

Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen received his commission as an Ensign upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1968, where he was a Trident Scholar. After graduation, he qualified as a Navy diver with the SEALAB Group in San Diego, CA. Following training at Submarine School, New London, CT, he reported to USS DIODON (SS 349) in San Diego for duty as Supply and Weapons Officer during an extended WESTPAC deployment. He next studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution under the Navy's Burke Scholarship Program. He received a joint Ocean Engineering degree and Master of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT. Following Nuclear Power Training, he was assigned to the Engineering Department aboard USS NATHANAEL GREENE (SSBN 636) (BLUE) in New London. He was next ordered to duty as Engineer Officer aboard USS NATHAN HALE (SSBN 623) (BLUE) in overhaul at Bremerton, WA, subsequently changing homeport to Charleston, SC. Upon completion of that tour, he served on the staff of the Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, from which he reported to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN 656) (GOLD) in New London as Executive Officer.

Rear Admiral Cohen commanded USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN 709) from January 1985 to January 1988. Under his command, RICKOVER completed a Post New Construction Shakedown availability in New London, changed homeport to Norfolk, VA and completed three deployments. RICKOVER was awarded a Navy Unit Commendation, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, the SIXTHFLT "Hook'em" Award for ASW excellence, CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award for retention excellence, the COMSUBRON 8 Battle Efficiency "E" Award, and was designated the best Atlantic Fleet Attack Submarine for the BATTENBURG CUP.

Following command, Rear Admiral Cohen served on the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, as senior member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, and the staff of the Director of Naval Intelligence at the Pentagon as Director of Operational Support.

Rear Admiral Cohen commanded USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS 36) and her crew of 800 men and 400 women from March 1991 to April 1993. During his tour, SPEAR was awarded the Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency "E" Award and conducted an unscheduled five-month deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT STORM that included repairs to over 48 U.S. and allied ships, recovery of an F/A-18 Hornet sitting in 190 feet of water off the coast of Iran and humanitarian projects in Kuwait City. SPEAR received a Meritorious Unit Commendation for the deployment which was the ship's first in eleven years. Additionally, SPEAR was the CINCLANTFLT 1991 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award nominee and the only Atlantic Fleet tender recognized in two consecutive Golden Anchor competitions.

In April 1993, Rear Admiral Cohen reported to SECNAV staff for duty as Deputy Chief of Navy Legislative Affairs. In October 1997 he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and reported to the Joint Staff for duty as Deputy Director for Operations. In June 1999 he assumed duties as Director Navy Y2K Project Office. In May 2000 he was ordered to duty as Chief of Naval Research.

Rear Admiral Cohen is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal and multiple awards of the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal. He is submarine and surface warfare qualified.


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