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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 Erik Ross

Rear Adm. Ross studied Government and International Relations at Cornell University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1988.  He received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program at Cornell.
At sea, he served as Gunnery Officer and Electrical Officer in USS Coronado (AGF 11).  Subsequently, he served at sea as Assistant Operations and Plans Officer on the staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron One, Operations Officer aboard USS Callaghan (DDG 994), Operations and Plans Officer on the Staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron Four, Executive Officer in USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), and Operations Officer in USS Tarawa (LHA 1).  From February 2006 to August 2007 he commanded the USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41).  Most recently, he served as Executive Officer aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) from May 2010 to July 2011, fleeting up to command USS Bataan (LHD 5) from August 2011 to February 2013 Ross first served ashore as a Student in the Advanced Education Program (AEP) at the University of San Diego, graduating with a Master of Arts in International Relations.  Subsequently, he served ashore in the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate on the staff of Commander, United States Pacific Command, on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel (OPNAV N00K), as the Director of the Fleet and International Training Department (N72) at Surface Warfare Officers School, and as an instructor at the Navy's Command Leadership School.  He also served as OPNAV N953, Branch Head for Amphibious Warfare, and as Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. 
Ross is the 67th president, Board of Inspection and Survey.  He is responsible for assessing the material readiness of the fleet.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as other individual, 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.