Hours after the unexpected leadership shakeup regarding Richard V. Spencer, Trump nominated Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite to be navy secretary, the top civilian leadership spot. Braithwaite is a graduate of the Naval Academy, and he deployed to Iraq in 2003. He is currently the ambassador to Norway. Braithwaite was the Navy Reserves’ top spokesman and advisor before he retired in 2011.
Before his switch to public affairs in the 1980’s, he was a naval aviator and tracked Russian submarines in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. He has deployed to the Arctic Circles and to the Middle East (two times). Over the course of his military career, the rear admiral earned five Navy Commendation Medals. According to his official bio, at least one of which medals has a combat ‘v’ device, a Combat Action Ribbon and a Navy Achievement Medal.