Rear Admiral Michael J. Connor became the 41st Commander, Submarine
Group SEVEN, Yokosuka, Japan on June 20, 2008. He is responsible for
coordinating and controlling submarine activities in the SEVENTH and
FIFTH Fleet Areas of Responsibility. A native of Weymouth, Mass.,
RDML Connor graduated from Bowdoin College in 1980 with a Bachelor
of Arts in Physics.
Following commissioning and nuclear power training, he served aboard
USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN 631) as Communicator, Main Propulsion
Assistant, and Damage Control Assistant. He then served aboard USS
(SSN 720) as Damage Control Assistant.
After completing the Submarine
Officer Advanced Course, he was
assigned as Navigator and Operations Officer aboard USS Providence
(SSN 719). Transferring ashore, he directed the Submarine Tactics
Branch at the Navy Operational Intelligence Center.
RDML Connorís next assignment was as Executive Officer of USS
Augusta (SSN 710). He then served as Flag Secretary on the staff of
Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
RDML Connor commanded USS Seawolf (SSN 21) from 1997 to 2000 where
he led the first ship of the class through the rigorous system
certification, shakedown and Post Shakedown Availability periods.
Following command, he was designated a Mahan Scholar and assigned to
the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He graduated with
distinction, earning a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs
and Strategic Studies. He then served on the staff of Commander
Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as the Director of the
Prospective Commanding Officer School.
RDML Connor commanded Submarine Squadron 8 from March of 2003
through July 2004. During this period, the ships of Squadron 8
participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a number of other
operations in support of the global war on terrorism.
RDML Connor served as Assistant Deputy Director for Regional
Operations on the Joint Staff from August 2004 to August 2006. He
then served as Director, Operations Division on the staff of the
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for
Financial Management and
Comptroller from September 2006 until June 2008.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal,
Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three
awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy
Admiral's News Stories:
USS Los Angeles Hosts Republic of Korea Navy
Seventh Fleet holds key
conference in Korea
USS Frank Cable Welcomes New
SECDEF Announces Flag Officer
CSG7 Visits Republic of
Area Commanders Lead Chief
Petty Officer Selectees
07/15/08 CSS-15 Change of
Connor Takes Leadership Reigns
06/20/08 CSG7 Commander
Change of Command Ceremony