Please join us on June 1, 2016 for an overview and update on the activities planned for the Commissioning of the USS DETROIT (LCS7).
John retired from the U.S. Navy in June 1999 after 32 years of active and reserve service. A native of Detroit, McCandless earned a B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University in June 1969. Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the US Naval Reserve. After active duty assignments on board the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CVA 66) and at the Pentagon, he remained in the Navy Reserve, retiring in 1999 as a Captain after 32 years of service. In the Reserve, he commanded four Naval Public Affairs units in Detroit, Chicago and Great Lakes, Illinois.
His civilian career was focused on automotive public relations. He retired as a senior member of Toyota’s U.S. Corporate Communications team in October 2011. As the National Manager – Field Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), he oversaw the company’s regional corporate communications offices in Detroit, New York, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Seattle. Upon his retirement, he established Road Reports, an automotive information and counseling firm.
He is a founding member and vice president of the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center, Inc., (www.MIFreedomCenter.org) a 501(c)3 organization, which established Freedom Center at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Veterans Day 2011. In addition, he is vice chairman of the USS DETROIT (LCS 7) COMMISSIONING COMMITTEE (ussdetroitlcs7.com), which will be commissioned in Detroit this Fall