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Rear Admiral Samuel Perez, Jr.

Rear Admiral Samuel Perez Jr. is the 65th President, Board of Inspection and Survey.  He is responsible for assessing the material readiness of the fleet.

A 1980 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. At sea, he served aboard the USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964); USS Knox (FF 1052), and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). His at-sea commands include command of USS Reclaimer (ARS 42), command of USS Vincennes (CG 49), command of Destroyer Squadron 15 and command of Carrier Strike Group 1. During his tour as commander, Carrier Strike Group 1, he completed a 5th Fleet deployment supporting Operation  Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Ashore, he served as the program integrator for the Navy Theater Wide Theater Ballistic Missile Defense program at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization; Future Ships branch head in the N76 Division of the Chief of Naval Operations; assistant deputy director for Regional Operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and executive assistant to the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In the Navy Central Command (NAVCENT) area of operations, he served as both the NAVCENT chief of staff and deputy commander 5th Fleet. Perez also served as the deputy director, Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS). During his tour at JIATFS, he deployed to Haiti and participated in Operation Unified Response as the commander, Joint Task Force Port Opening. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Plans, Programs, and Operations in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Perez earned a master's degree in Strategic Planning at the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. He completed a one-year Federal Executive Fellowship tour at the Strategic Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and served as a senior fellow with the chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.





 Mr. Joseph O'Hara

Mr. O’Hara is a GS employee serving as the Technical Deputy for President, Board of Inspection and Survey.  Previously, he served seven years as Navy Region Midwest Operations Program Director, N3 with responsibility over Antiterrorism Force Protection, Fire and Emergency Services, Occupational Safety and Health, Personnel Security and Emergency Management programs for a 16 State area of operation; to include a C4ISR capable Regional Operations Center (ROC), and the Navy Emergency Planning Liaison Officer (NEPLO) and Defense Support to Civil Authority (DSCA) Program.  He was a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Terrorism Liaison Officer Committee for the Chicago area, Lake County Gang Task Force, and was a certified State and Local Antiterrorism Training (SLATT) instructor through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. He was also assigned as the Training, Readiness and Evaluation Program Director, N7 for Navy Region Midwest from October 2007 through August of 2008. 

Mr. O’Hara retired from active duty in November 2007 with 24 years, having served as a Limited Duty Officer (LDO) for both Engineering and Security. He served three years as the Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS Cape St. George (CG-71), two years at Fleet Information Warfare Center (FIWC), three years as Chief Engineer/Executive Officer on USS Whirlwind (PC-11) and three years as Security Officer for Naval Station Great Lakes, IL and Public Safety Director for Navy Region Midwest.    

Mr. O’Hara possesses extensive knowledge and experience in Surface Engineering, Antiterrorism Force Protection, Budget planning and execution, Emergency and Consequence Management, Fire and Emergency Services, and Occupational Safety and Health program management. 

He received a degree in Electromechanical Technologies in May, 2006 from Excelsior College, Albany NY.