Commander Chad S. Kaiser
A native of Tennessee, CDR Kaiser enlisted in the Navy in January of 1995 and served in USS SEAWOLF (SSN 21) before being selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program. He graduated from Oklahoma University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and was commissioned in December of 2001.
Upon commissioning, CDR Kaiser reported to Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island for training before reporting to USS SPRUANCE (DD 963) as First Lieutenant and then USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) as Training Officer. CDR Kaiser then attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, earning a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research.
Upon graduation, CDR Kaiser reported to USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) as the Weapons Officer and later served as the Combat Systems Officer. LEYTE GULF completed a Fifth Fleet deployment as Air Defense Commander for ENTERPRISE Carrier Strike Group and was recognized with several unit awards including the Battle “E” and Unit Tactics Award.
After completing his tour in LEYTE GULF, CDR Kaiser reported to Joint Forces Staff College for Joint Professional Military Education and subsequently to the Chief of Naval Operations Staff, Assessment Division (N81) serving as a Campaign and Integrated Air and Missile Defense analyst. In December 2014, CDR Kaiser reported to the Joint Staff, J-7 Future Concepts Division and served as a Joint concepts implementation analyst.
CDR Kaiser’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other unit and personal awards. CDR Kaiser was also selected as the 2011 Surface Warfare Officer of the year, a recipient of the 2011 Admiral Arleigh Burke Surface Warfare Operational Excellence Award and a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award.