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Captain Jeffrey Hughes Named Commanding Officer of NROTC Program

The Office of Undergraduate Education has appointed Captain Jeffrey Hughes as commanding officer and professor of naval science at Rensselaer. Hughes comes to Rensselaer after serving as director of Platforms, Manpower Policy and Budget for the Submarine Force at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.

“I was very interested in the position at Rensselaer because it provides me with an opportunity to prepare the next generation of young men and women who have decided to pursue future careers as Naval and Marine officers.” — Capt. Jeffrey Hughes

In his role in Rensselaer’s Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) program, Hughes will supervise the ethical, professional, and military development of Rensselaer’s NROTC students to ensure that they are prepared and qualified for commission as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. He will also serve as a liaison between campus and community organizations, military groups, veteran organizations, active and reserve military commands, and other groups or organizations having an interest in naval science.

Born in La Jolla, Calif., Hughes is the son of a career Naval officer. After attending the Naval Academy Preparatory School, Hughes entered the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He attended the Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla., and the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Idaho. Following completion of the Submarine Officer Basic Course, he reported to the USS Trepang in 1984. During his tour, he served as sonar officer, main propulsion assistant, and weapons officer and made deployments to the Arctic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the North Atlantic. In 1987, Hughes reported to the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a master’s degree in financial management. He also graduated from the Joint and Command Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College and has been designated as a Joint Service Officer.

Hughes — who also holds a professional engineer’s license—noted that his 28-year career in the Navy has taken him around the world, and he hopes to share some of those experiences with the NROTC students. “I was very interested in the position at Rensselaer because it provides me with an opportunity to prepare the next generation of young men and women who have decided to pursue future careers as Naval and Marine officers,” said Hughes. “I am excited to be part of the community, and look forward to working with the students, faculty, and staff on Navy ROTC and other matters affecting military education and naval science.”

Hughes completed the submarine officer advanced course and later served as an engineer on Submarine NR-1. In 1997, he assumed duties as military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, followed by duties as senior military assistant for strategy and threat reduction.

Hughes also completed commanding officer tours on the USS Wyoming conducting four strategic deterrent patrols; the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, qualifying over 4,200 nuclear operators; and on the USS Emory S. Land starting in La Maddalena, Italy, and with a homeport change finishing in Bremerton, Wash.

In recognition of his contributions to the Navy, Hughes has received the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legion of Merit Awards, the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other medals and ribbons.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 18, November 19, 2010
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