Navy Captain From Grantham Retires at Pentagon Ceremony
Grantham — Navy Capt. Randy Britton, of Grantham, retired from the Navy Reserve on Dec. 6 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., after a 25-year career as a public affairs officer in the Navy and Navy Reserve.
Accompanied in the Department of Defense Press Room by his wife, Melissa, and two children, Olivia, 8, and Benjamin, 6, Britton was awarded the Legion of Merit by Rear Adm. W. Kent Davis, the Navy’s vice chief of information, for his service as chief of staff for the Navy’s Reserve Public Affairs program.
During his tenure as chief of staff, Britton was responsible for assisting the vice chief of information in managing the Navy’s community of 275 reserve public affairs officers and 177 reserve mass communication specialists.
A 1984 graduate of Sunapee High School, Britton earned his commission in 1988 through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship program at Purdue University, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in English.
He served on active duty as a surface warfare officer aboard the destroyer USS Charles F. Adams (DDG 2), and minesweeper USS Scout (MCM 8), before being re-designated as a public affairs officer and serving in the Pentagon.
While in this assignment, Britton served as the editor of the Navy News Service and helped establish the Navy’s first public website.
Britton left active duty in 1994 and accepted a commission in the Navy Reserve, where he served as director of reserve public affairs at the Navy’s 5th Fleet in Manama, Bahrain, reserve director of the Navy’s Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tenn., and director of the reserve Public Affairs detachment at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., before being assigned as chief of staff to Rear Adm. Victor M. Beck, Vice Chief of Information, in 2011.
As a reservist, he also served on active duty assignments in Manama, Bahrain, London, England, Naples, Italy, and Jakarta, Indonesia, and managed public affairs for the commissionings of four U.S. warships, including USS Grace Hopper, USS Maine, USS Ramage and USS Winston S. Churchill.
As part of his public affairs duties, Britton was also aboard USS Constitution in July 1997 when she sailed under her own power off Marblehead, Mass., for the first time in 116 years.
As a civilian, Britton is a senior project manager with Tom Tom Inc. in Lebanon. A Sunapee native, he is also a part-time captain of the M.V. Kearsarge and the M.V. Mount Sunapee II, dinner and excursion boats sailing on Lake Sunapee. — Staff report