About Ron Fisher
I, Ron Fisher, am an engineer, association executive, businessman, husband, father, grandfather, and honors graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, retired Navy Captain and an optimistic, civic minded, hard working, pro-peace, civil rights activist.
Have lived in Virginia since 1977 and in the 8th Congressional District for the past 16 years.
Was the ninth of thirteen children and grew up in a great small town, Bemis, Tennessee, a cotton mill town. The very ethical cotton mill owners and managers truly cared for the people and provided the materials, machinery, tools, funding, know how and mainly jobs for the local people to build a very large cotton mill, beautiful homes, schools, facilities, etc. and in turn had a very loyal workforce. There is a description and history of Bemis at http://www.bemishistory.org.
Am very fortunate and very grateful to have had the outstanding parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, neighbors, teachers and opportunities that I have had. I wish that everyone in the world could have the same opportunities.
I graduated with honors from the Naval Academy and graduated first in my class in my Submarine, Nuclear Power and Basic Engineering Duty Officer Schools.
Am a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) where I was a research fellow.
I have a Masters Degree in Business Management
I am hard working, enthusiastic and sincere. I will bring considerable experience, leadership and management skills to the United State Congress. I will use these to serve the people of the 8th Congressional District and to help address the many complex problems facing Virginians and the people of the U.S. today.
I served in destroyers and in two nuclear attack and two ballistic missile submarines and made 15 patrols during the cold war and Vietnam.
Was the Training Officer of a shore based Nuclear Power Propulsion Training Unit, taught large classes of officers and enlisted on an actual reactor propulsion plant, supervised a dozen classroom instructors, prepared course materials, authored parts of the Technical (T) Manuals and devised training aids.
As collateral duties, I was a Summary Court Martial Officer, Trial Counsel (prosecutor), Defense Counsel, Court Martial Officer, Ships Training Officer, Crypto Officer, Security Officer, etc. at various times.
About the mid point of my Naval career, I switched my designator to become an Engineering Duty Officer (EDO)
Served in Charleston Naval Shipyards as Submarine Type Desk Office, Engineering Officer and Ships Management Officer (SMO); and help manage nuclear submarine overhauls, selected restricted availabilities, SSBN extended refit availabilities and worldwide submarine repair and modernization projects.
Served in Naval Sea Systems Command as the Submarine Overhaul Scheduler, Assistant Ships Logistics Manager for a class of nuclear submarines, and as the Division Director responsible for scheduling and work loading all Navy new construction, overhaul and ship modernization work, for pre-award surveys for new construction and management of naval shipyard civilian ceiling points.
Served on the Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Staff as the Assistant Naval Inspector General for Logistics and helped inspect almost every major naval command
Have written and coauthored numerous papers and documents on logistics, survivability, fire protection, acquisition and training. Coauthored a National Security Affairs Issues Paper on the US Shipbuilding Industry, which was for sale by the Government Printing Office for years.
Awards from the Navy include the Legion of Merit, two Navy Commendation Metals, Navy Achievement Metal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Naval Expeditionary Record.
Named the Wilbur N. Landers Scholar by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) in 1975.
My awards from the Navy include the Legion of Merit, two Navy Commendation Metals, the Navy Achievement Metal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Naval Expeditionary medal.
After a successful thirty-year (including four years at USNA) career in the Navy:
Worked for two engineering services firms
Founded the Defense Fire Protection Association (DFPA) a small, scientific research and educational, nonprofit foundation and association dedicated to improving the safety and survivability of our military forces, which is described at www.dfpa.org. Have served as Executive Director of DFPA and managed numerous projects, conferences, symposia, equipment demonstrations, etc.
Was instrumental in the development of the Navy Passive Fire Protection Programs for Submarines, Ships, Aircraft and Facilities and several other programs to reduce shipboard fires, improve safety, survivability and security, phase out Halon fire suppressants and speed up the implementation of new equipments and materials.
Served on the National Advisory Committee of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) since its inception in 1988 until 2006.
Was a FEMA/Fire Administration "Stakeholder".
Completed a detailed "Report of the Assessment of Vulnerabilities of Navy Ships to Multiple Threats and Hazards from Multiple Causes and Sources and Recommendations to Reduce/Eliminate these Vulnerabilities" on July 31, 2001, under contract with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Threats in the report include hijacked aircraft and anthrax in letters. This report provides a framework, unique approaches and specific recommendations for assessing threats and vulnerabilities and improving the security, safety and survivability of ships as well as facilities, buildings, aircraft and ground vehicles.
Planned, arranged and hosted live fire training exercises using a Navy mobile firefighting trainer on Capitol Hill for Washington, DC Metropolitan Firefighters on April 25, 2001, and April 18, 2002, in conjunction with the CFSI Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. Each year trained approximately 30 firefighters who would have been the first responders to fires/aircraft crashes on Capitol Hill or at the White House.
Founded and am the president of Veterans Sales and Services Corporation (VetsSS.com) a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, specializing in safety, emergency response and advanced, affordable information technology. (Due to my involvement in ending the Iraq occupation and other reform issues, I have not found the time to find work for DFPA.org and VetsSS.com.)
Community and Civic Work
During both my naval and civilian careers, I was and continue to be very active in community, school, church and civic association work, including:
- Founded and am the Executive Director of PeopleNow.org , described PeopleNow.org helps to define and articulate bold goals, concerns and challenges and offer pragmatic solutions, plans, training materials and other tools to more effectively accomplish changes vital to the people. Documents on our web site WeThePeopleNow.org include:
- Was on the Naval Academy Board of Trustees for my Naval Academy class for 14 years
- Was chair of the Gift Committee of my Naval Academy class
- Help found and was on the board and planning committee for a Montessori school in Charleston S.C. Studied early child development and the Montessori method
- Was president of the J.E.B. Stuart High School, Fairfax County, Crew Boosters.
- Was deputy chairman of the Board and Chair of the funding Campaigns for three years for the Unitarian Universalist Church, in Charleston S. C.
I have considerable experience in grassroots Virginia politics including:
- Chair of the Northern Virginia 2000 Presidential Primary Campaign for Senator John McCain, my very good friend and Naval Academy Classmate.
- Precinct Captain for four years.
- Eighth Congressional District Chairman, Independent Green Party of Virginia, www.VoteJoinRun.US (2006 to Present)
- Chair of the Northern Virginia 2008 Presidential Primary Campaign for Dennis Kucinich until he dropped out
- House of Delegate from the 49th District of Virginia in 2007.
- Congress from the 8th Congressional District of Virginia in 2008 and 2010
- Virginia State Senate in 2015
Because nuclear submarines are complicated, spend long periods of time submerged and usually operate out of touch of civilization, their crews must be completely self sufficient, must be able to work together as one and must have foresight. The crew must make the oxygen they breath by the electrolysis of water, distill sea water to drink, get rid of the carbon dioxide they exhale, carry enough food for several months, generate and distribute electricity, put out fires, provide entertainment, justice and training. I believe that the approximately three years that I spent submerged in submarines doing all the above, plus my many other experiences and accomplishments outlined above, my drive, my knowledge of the military and technical matters, my intelligence and my unflinching desire to make the world a better place uniquely qualify me to be an outstanding U.S. Congressman.