WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus honored the service of Robert O. Work Thursday, March 21, during a 3 p.m. ceremony at the Pentagon.
Work, who has served as the Under Secretary of the Navy since May 19, 2009, will step down from his current position March 22 and become Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Chief Executive Officer.
As the Undersecretary of the Navy, Work served as the deputy and principal assistant to the secretary of the Navy and acted with full authority of the secretary in the day-to-day management of the DoN.
Mabus presided over the ceremony.
"Bob Work's service to the United States Navy and Marine Corps both as the Under Secretary of the Navy and as a career Marine has been exceptional," said Mabus. "On behalf of the Department of the Navy I extend my deepest thanks and best wishes as he begins the next stage of his exemplary career."
During the ceremony Work reflected on his service, "The greatest honor of my life has been to continue to serve my country in the Department of the Navy as the Undersecretary, and to help organize, train, and equip a Navy-Marine Corps Team that is built and ready for war and operated forward to preserve the peace." He added "My fondest memories will be of the superb political appointees, flag officers, members of the Senior Executive Service, Sailors, Marines, and civilians who work so hard every day to accomplish this mission for God and country."
Work, a former Marine Colonel who served faithfully for 27 years, held a wide range of command, leadership, and management positions. He commanded an artillery battery and artillery battalion, and was the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan. His last assignment was as Military Assistant and Senior Aide to the Honorable Richard J. Danzig, 71st Secretary of the Navy.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), first as the senior fellow for maritime affairs, and later as the vice president for strategic studies. In these positions, he focused on defense strategy and programs, revolutions in war, Department of Defense transformation, and maritime affairs.
Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Plans, Policy, Oversight and Integration Robert Martinage will perform duties of the Undersecretary of the Navy until a replacement is confirmed.