Commander Clayton Hughey is a native of Denver, CO and recipient of a NROTC scholarship to Miami University (Oxford, OH) where he completed a B.A. in Political Science in 2004. He earned a Masters of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2010.
Following Nuclear Power and Prototype training in Charleston, SC in 2005, he reported to USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737) (GOLD) in Bangor, WA where he served as the Reactor Controls Assistant and Damage Control Assistant. Hughey completed his qualifications in submarines and as nuclear engineer while onboard KENTUCKY. His next sea tour was to USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720) in Groton, CT as NAV/OPS where he completed a six-month deployment to the CENTCOM AOR, a year-long Pre-Inactivation Restricted Availability, sea trials and recertification for operations. Hughey qualified for command of submarines in 2014.
Hughey’s first shore assignment was as Nuclear Training Officer for the NUPOC program at Navy Recruiting Command in Millington, TN. Later he served as the Submarine Operations Officer on the COMSEVENTHFLT staff, forward-deployed and embarked on USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), in Yokosuka, Japan. Most recently he served as the Assistant Officer in Charge at Submarine Learning Center in San Diego, CA.
Hughey’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various campaign and unit awards including one Battle Efficiency ‘E’ award.