November 20, 2020: RAdm. Jeffrey W. Hughes has been nominated to serve as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development. If confirmed, he would succeed VAdm. Stuart Munsch, who became the new Director the Operational Plans & Joint Force Development Directorate for the Joint Staff earlier this year. RAdm. Hughes currently serves as the Commander, Navy Personnel Command/Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel. He was designated a naval aviator in September of 1989 and has flown MH-60R and SH-60B Seahawk helicopters throughout his career. He has previously served as Commander, helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, as well as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2. RAdm. Hughes holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.