Mrs. Darleen Greenert was born in Flint, Michigan to parents William and Alice Hodges. Darleen graduated from the University of Michigan in 1975 with a bachelor of arts in Education, and taught elementary school prior to joining the United States Navy.
Mrs. Greenert served the Navy for 36 years as a naval officer, a volunteer and a devoted military spouse. She was commissioned an Ensign in 1979 and reported to her first duty station in Honolulu, Hawaii. Here, Darleen met her husband Jonathan Greenert, a U.S. Naval Submariner, and they were married in 1981.
Mrs. Greenert contributed to the welfare of Navy and military families through her continued volunteer service. She served as a senior advisor for numerous naval and military spouse organizations, including the Navy Marine Corps Ball Committee, where along with dedicated spouses, she raised funds for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. As spouse of the Chief of Naval Operations, Darleen hosted many spouses of the Chiefs of the Navy from around the world, established communications and trusted bonds, and shared best practices to help all military families.
Most rewarding, Jon and Darleen raised three wonderful adult children – Jonathan, Brian and Sarah –through numerous military tours, both throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Mrs. Greenert is honored for this opportunity and looking forward to supporting the men, women, and families who serve the United States Navy today in her new role as Sponsor of the USS Hyman G. Rickover. She believes no submariner is as successful without the love and support from the dedicated families riding along with them.