CAPT James N. Adkins Jr. '58 USN (RET.)
Puget Sound Chapter Trustee

CAPT. Adkins was born and grew up in Georgetown, Texas. Upon graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1958, he served in USS BRINKLEY BASS (DD-887) before entering the Nuclear Power Program and the Submarine Service. Jim served in USS SAM HOUSTON (SSBN-609), USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN-624) and USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN-625) before commanding USS NATHAN HALE (SSBN 623).

After submarine command, CAPT. Adkins was assigned to COMSUBRON FIFTEEN in Guam as Deputy Commander for Readiness and Training. His next tour was Assistant for Personnel and Training to Admiral Rickover. Upon completion of this tour, Jim took command of COMSUBRON FOURTEEN in Holy Loch, Scotland. Subsequent assignments included Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics and Chief of Staff for Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Prior to retirement in 1987, CAPT. Adkins served in PMS 350, the SEAWOLF New Attack Submarine Program Office.

During his civilian career, Jim was employed for six years by Halliburton NUS Corporation, an engineering and consulting firm, serving as Vice President and General Manager of an operating division for five years. In 1994, he joined the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a uranium enrichment business for commercial nuclear plants, as Production Support Manager and served three years as Vice President, Production and Vice President, Services and Projects, retiring in January 2002. During his career at USEC, the company went public with an IPO on the New York stock exchange and transitioned from Department of Energy regulation to regulation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Subsequent to retiring, Jim and his wife, Rosemary, moved to Silverdale, WA. He is active in local organizations, including the Naval Academy Alumni Association, Puget Sound Chapter (past President and Treasurer); Naval Submarine League, Northwest Chapter (past President); Navy League; Homeowners Association (current President); Silverdale Rotary Club; and Board of Directors for the Weaver Foundation for the homeless.

Jim and his wife, Rosemary, are charter members of the President’s Circle. They have two children, James III and Judith. Their son, James III, is a 1986 Graduate of the Naval Academy. They have two grandsons and two granddaughters. Their oldest granddaughter, Carolyn, is a Midshipman in the Class of 2014.

 

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