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Board of Inspection and Survey 2600 Tarawa Court, Suite 250 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23459

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President, Board of Inspection & Survey

Rear Admiral Christopher Engdahl

Rear Adm. Christopher Engdahl is a 1990 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History and was commissioned as an Ensign. Additionally, he completed Naval Nuclear Power training and has received a Master of Science Degree in National Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

His initial sea tour was as Damage Control Assistant in USS CALIFORNIA (CGN 36). Subsequent sea tours include duties as Nuclear Quality Assurance Officer and Reactor Training Assistant in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), Operations Officer in USS FLETCHER (DD 992), Executive Officer in USS RENTZ (FFG 46) and Commanding Officer USS ELROD (FFG 55). His most recent at sea command was as Commander, Destroyer Squadron Nine (COMDESRON NINE). During these tours he has deployed numerous times, participated in countless exercises and had the greatest fortune to lead Sailors at Sea. 
Ashore he served as a Department Head Instructor, Steam Engineering Directorate at Surface Warfare School Command, Newport Rhode Island and as a Strategic Planner for the War on Terrorism Directorate on the Joint Staff (J5). He also served as Director for Surface Nuclear Programs at Navy Personnel Command Millington, Tennessee and was the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel. He most recently served as Chief of Staff to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific.
Engdahl is the 68th President, Board of Inspection and Survey. He is responsible for assessing the material readiness of the Fleet.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and various unit and campaign awards.



Deputy, Board of Inspection & Survey

 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.