RADM Charles R. Saffell, USN (Ret)
Chuck Saffell was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1969. He initially flew transport aircraft followed by transition to the E-2B “Hawkeye” aircraft and assignment to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 122 aboard USS Independence (CV 62). Following several deployments, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School and received a Master of Science degree in Computer Systems. Returning to the Hawkeye community, RADM Saffell was assigned as an instructor pilot in the E-2C aircraft with a follow on tour in Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 aboard USS Eisenhower (CVN 69). During the instructor tour, he also earned a Master of Science degree in Administration (Information Systems Technology) from George Washington University.
After graduation from the Naval War College, he was assigned as Executive and then Commanding Officer of Carrier Airborne Early Squadron 125 aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59) and USS Saratoga (CV 60). After two successful deployments, RADM Saffell reported to Commander, Carrier Group Eight in Norfolk, Virginia, as the Staff Combat Information Center Officer. Three years later, he came ashore as a member of the Staff of Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
In July of 1987, he reported to the Pentagon in the Office of Program Appraisal (OPA) as the Tactical Air Analyst. A year later, RADM Saffell became the Deputy Director of OPA.
In February of 1990, then Captain Saffell assumed command of USS Guam (LPH 9). During his tour, USS Guam completed an eight month combat deployment to Southwest Asia, participating directly in all amphibious operations associated with operations “Desert Shield” and “Desert Storm”. In addition, USS Guam spearheaded the very successful evacuation of 281 diplomats form war-torn Somalia. For this action, Captain Saffell was awarded the Bronze Star.
Chuck Saffell took command of USS Wasp (LHD 1) on 29 July 1991 in Haifa, Israel, and completed the “maiden” deployment of the LHD class. Promoted to Rear Admiral in August of 1993, he served as the Deputy Director for the Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. In September of 1995 Rear Admiral Saffell assumed command of the 16,000 Sailors and Marines of Amphibious Group Three in San Diego, California.
Rear Admiral Saffell retired on 1 February 1997 and took a position as Vice President with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in San Diego, California followed by a four and half year tenure with the Titan Corporation of San Diego, California. In March of 2004, Rear Admiral Saffell joined Nortel, and now is CEO and Chairman of Nortel Government Solutions…Nortel’s wholly owned government solutions business.
Chuck and Hazel Saffell reside in Hamilton, Virginia.