LCDR Lawrence W. Kempista
LCDR Kempista received his commission as a Cryptologic Officer in 1999 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Purdue University. His first assignment was at the Kunia Regional Security Operations Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he qualified and served as a Senior Watch Officer. He spent the next three years deploying as a Subsurface Direct Support Officer, leading sixteen-person teams onboard several combatants on seven special operations throughout the Western Pacific.
Upon transfer overseas to Naval Security Group Activity Yokosuka, he qualified as a Surface Direct Support Officer and served as the Signals Intelligence Warfare Officer onboard USS FITZGERALD (DDG-62). Retouring in Japan he reported to Commander, Submarine Group Seven as the first Deputy for Intelligence and Cryptologic Resource Coordinator for CTF-74 and CTF-54.
During his Department Head tour at the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado, he spent three years on watch leading 350 Allied, joint-service, and civilian personnel across three continents operating $20B in national assets as an Integrated Mission Director. Returning to sea duty he served as the Deputy Information Operations Officer and lead Non-Kinetic Planner for Commander, Seventh Fleet embarked on USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) in Yokosuka, Japan. He assumed duties as the Executive Officer of U.S. Navy Information Operations Command, Misawa, Japan in October 2013.
LCDR Kempista holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.