Gordon England was confirmed by the Senate as the 72nd secretary of the Navy and was sworn in on Thursday, May 24, 2001, during a brief ceremony at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
David O. Cooke, director of administration and management for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, administered the oath of office. England was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the secretary of the Navy on April 24, 2001, and was confirmed by the Senate on May 22, 2001.
At his swearing in, England expressed thanks to President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld for the opportunity to serve the nation. In hearings before the Senate Armed Service Committee, England stated four key areas he would address as Navy secretary. "My agenda is to substantially improve our combat capability, enrich the lives of our people, swiftly incorporate technology across our total operation, and dramatically improve our business practices," he said.
England brings more than 30 years of experience in the defense and technology industries to his new position as secretary of the Navy. Since 1997, he has been executive vice president of General Dynamics. Earlier he served General Dynamics as executive vice president of the Combat Systems Group, president of its Fort Worth aircraft company, and president of its land systems company. England also served as an engineer for Honeywell Corp. on the Gemini space program and as program manager for Litton Industries on the Navy's E-2C Hawkeye aircraft.
Details and a biography are on the Web at http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/news/news_stories/newsecnav.html .