John Dalton

John Dalton

Former Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton’s new memoir At the Helm: My Journey with Family, Faith, and Friends to Calm the Storms of Life recounts his experiences and the bedrock values that shaped him and the hard lessons he received from them…including the essence of principled leadership.

Dalton is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. After graduating from Annapolis, Dalton served in the Navy from 1964 to 1969. He attained the rank of lieutenant while on active duty and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander while in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

As Secretary of the Department of the Navy, including both the Navy and Marine Corps, Dalton had to weather the storm of the Tailhook controversy, navigate through the Naval Academy cheating scandal, and manage the new policies of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and women serving in combat. His record with these situations shines as a model of ethical leadership during crises. In 2016, he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the Naval Academy.

Dalton has worked across the private and public sectors and has held four presidential appointments, culminating in his appointment as the 70th Secretary of the Navy. His life is an inspirational story filled with successes and failures in the public and private sectors and how he navigated through them.

Late last year, the Current U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Carlos Del Toro, announced that a new nuclear-powered submarine would be named the USS John H. Dalton.

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