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Retired Navy Commander Jason Fahy Sworn In as Rhode Island State Director

Retired Navy Commander Jason Fahy Sworn In as Rhode Island State Director

“The Selective Service enables our Nation to respond effectively to military manpower needs, should it be called upon to do so.”

Rosslyn, VA: Today, retired senior U.S. Naval officer and Commander, Jason Fahy was sworn in as the Rhode Island State Director by retired U.S. Air Force COL Thomas Kenney, Selective Service System Acting Associate Director of Operations and Region I Director. Commander Fahy was nominated for this leadership position by Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee. The swearing-in ceremony was held this morning at the Rhode Island National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Greenwich, RI.

“Having served in the US Navy, I appreciate and respect the sacrifices and commitment that young people who serve are making for our country. The Selective Service enables our Nation to respond effectively to military manpower needs, should it be called upon to do so. It is an honor and privilege to continue to serve as Rhode Island State Director and support this mission by ensuring that those eligible, ages, 18-25, across the Ocean State are aware of the federal law and register with the Selective Service System,” Commander Fahy said.

Commander Fahy, a Naval Academy Graduate and Associate Director of the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute at the University of Rhode Island, served 20 years in the Navy as a professional engineer; Navy Diving Officer; and Seabee Combat Warfare Officer. He commanded two deployed detachments of Seabee divers throughout the Pacific in support of Navy waterfront construction missions. Commander Fahy is a decorated veteran with multiple Meritorious Service Medals; Joint, Army and Navy Commendation Medals; and various other service awards.

COL Kenney said, “Commander Fahy is a decorated veteran who served his country with honor and distinction in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. His military record is impressive with two combat tours and numerous contributions in the field of ocean and civil engineering that include leading the construction of a state-of-the-art Naval Hospital in Guam and numerous other construction projects to support Naval operations around the globe. He is a true leader who we are fortunate to have as a teammate at the Selective Service System. He’s the right person for the job and will lead our efforts in Rhode Island to ensure all young men are registering with the Selective Service.”

Commander Fahy holds advanced degrees from the University of Rhode Island with a master’s in Ocean Engineering and the Naval War College in Defense and Strategic Studies. Commander Fahy resides in North Kingstown, Rhode Island with his wife Jaime, and their sons, Quinlan and Campbell.

Jason Fahy pictured center, TJ Kenny on the right, service man in uniform to the left

Federal law requires all male citizens, as well as male non-citizens residing in the U.S., to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. At 26, a man becomes too old to register. Those who do not comply are ineligible for numerous federally funded benefits, educational benefits, job training, government employment, and U.S. citizenship for male immigrants.
Selective Service seeks volunteers to serve on Selective Service Local Boards. Interested citizen-volunteers can apply at
For more information about Registration or the Selective Service, please call the Public and Intergovernmental Affairs office at (703) 605-4100.