• About John


John and GunnerU.S. Navy Captain John Plumb is a fourth generation western New Yorker who has spent the past two decades serving his country. John was born in Jamestown to Marie and John Plumb who still live in Randolph in the home that John grew up in. John’s parents met at Saint Bonaventure University. Before they retired, his mother taught physics at Jamestown Community College and his father was a lawyer in Jamestown, as well as the village attorney for Randolph. FamilyJohn has three sisters and a brother, and he is an uncle to nine (!) nephews and nieces.

He earned a US Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1992.  He then earned a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder the following year. 

John PlumbJohn was then commissioned as an officer in the US Navy, and spent over 6 years on active duty, including almost three years on the fast attack submarine USS San Juan.  John left active duty and continued his service with the Navy Reserves, while pursuing a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.   He has since then worked in the Senate, the Pentagon and the White House with a one-year break to deploy to Kuwait, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

John has received numerous military awards to include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and Navy Expeditionary Medal. In addition, he’s one of very few service members to receive the Arctic Service Ribbon for spending more than 28 days north of the Arctic Circle in his submarine, including under the ice.  He qualified as an expert on pistol and sharpshooter on rifle.  

He has been recognized for his civilian public service from three different departments during his time in Washington having been awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service award, the Department of State Superior Honor Award, and the Secretary of Energy Achievement Award.  All the while, John has remained in the Navy Reserves where he currently serves as commanding officer for the Maritime Operations Center reserve detachment in Newport, RI.



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