Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Seven
Commander Keith Kulow was born in Cleveland, Ohio, grew up in Clifton Park, New York, and graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture. He then proceeded to the
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2000. Next, Commander Kulow reported to flight school and earned his wings of gold in November of 2001. His operational assignments include tours at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron EIGHT, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron FIVE, and Carrier Air Wing SEVEN.
Commander Kulow's shore duty assignments include a brief stint as a Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN followed by selection to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School, from which he graduated in July 2006 as a member of Class 129. Next, he served as a test pilot with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ONE. He also served as a staff officer at Allied Joint Force Command BRUNSSUM in Brunssum, the Netherlands.
Commander Kulow is a 2013 graduate of the Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He reported as Executive Officer to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SEVEN in April of 2016, becoming Commanding Officer in July of 2017. Commander Kulow has accumulated more than 2,500 flight hours in twenty-five different military aircraft models.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (3), the Navy Achievement Medal (3), and various unit campaign and campaign citations. Commander Kulow is married to the former Ms. Susu Liu of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have two children.