USS NITZE


Commander Paul J. Kaylor
Executive Officer

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Commander Kaylor entered in the Navy in 1986 as an undesignated fireman, was selected to Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Chief Petty Officer in 1995 and commisioned through the Limited Duty Officer Program in April, 1998.  He converted to Surface Warfare Officer in 2005 and graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics.

Afloat, CDR Kaylor completed his early sea assignments aboard the USS HALEAKALA (AE-25) homeported at Apra Harbor, Guam, USS ANTIETAM (CG-54) homeported in Long Beach, California, USS WADSWORTH (FFG-9) and USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) homeported in San Diego, California.

Following commissioning, he served as Main Propulsion Assistant aboard USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG-57) and USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) homeported in San Diego, California.  As a Department Head, he served as Engineering Officer aboard USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG-85) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan and USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52) homeported in San Diego, California.

Ashore, CDR Kaylor completed his duty assignments as Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity, Long Beach, California and Special Boat Team Twelve, Coronado, California.  Most recently he served on the staff of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.  As a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, and completed Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS).

Commander Kaylor's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) as well as multiple unit and service awards.  He is also the recipient of the Admiral Arleigh Burke Leadership Award and the 2007 Destroyer Squadron Fifteen Tactician of the Year Award.