Captain James A. Noone retired from the US Navy Reserve in 2001 after 39 years of active and reserve service. His active service included duty in Vietnam with Mobile Construction Battalion 58 in 1969. He enlisted in the US Navy Reserve and became a Navy journalist, then served 30 years as a public affairs officer. As a reservist, he served as commanding officer of five US Navy Reserve public affairs units. He was recalled to active duty during the First Gulf War in 1991. CAPT Noone’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal.
Beginning his career as a reporter with the Scranton Tribune, CAPT Noone became a copy editor for the Washington Post, and then a correspondent for the National Journal. CAPT Noone served with the US Information Agency in Washington and Brazil, and later worked in the Washington office of ITT Corporation. He earned a law degree from American University in 1984, and has practiced law and lobbying in Washington for the past 30 years and currently is managing director of the Washington office of Mercury, a national government relations and public affairs firm. He serves on the boards of the Naval Historical Foundation and Navy Public Affairs Association and has been a member of the National Press Club for more than 30 years.