CDR Kurtis (Kurt) Mole, USN
CDR Mole is a native of Bowie, Maryland. He enlisted as a Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) in July 1988 and completed the Chinese course of instruction at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and Goodfellow AFB, Texas. CDR Mole attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island before graduating from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in May 1995 with a Bachelors of Science in Economics and minor in Chinese. Originally a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), he was selected for re-designation to Cryptology in 2000.
He assumed his present duties as Executive Officer of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Maryland in March 2016.
Duties afloat include service at the unit level as a SWO aboard USS Leftwich (DD 984) and Assault Craft Unit 5 as Officer-in-Charge of a detachment of Landing Craft Air Cushion; at the strike group level as an Fleet Information Warfare Center team leader for Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 1/Constellation Strike Group and Commander, Carrier Group 3/Carl Vinson Strike Group, as the senior cryptologist on the staff of Commander, Carrier Group 5/ Kitty Hawk Strike Group; and finally at the fleet level as Information Operations Officer (N39) for Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet embarked USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). He has completed multiple deployments to the Arabian Gulf and western Pacific throughout his career.
Duties ashore include Department Head at NIOC Colorado, Executive Officer at NIOC Whidbey Island, Branch Head for Information Warfare Community Enlisted Assignments (PERS-408) at Navy Personnel Command, and Director’s Fellow at the National Security Agency.
CDR Mole holds an Information Systems Operations Certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from National University, and a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval War College.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.