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Rear Admiral Kevin C. Hayes
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In his current role, Rear Adm. Kevin C. Hayes serves as the Deputy Commander for the Commander Naval Surface Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Born in Lakewood, New Jersey, Hayes was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program at the University of San Diego, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree.
He is also a 1999 graduate of George Washington University, where he received his Masters of Business Administration degree. He is a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and a recipient of the U.S. Naval War College Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College Advanced Joint Professional Military Education curriculum.
Upon completion of Surface Warfare Officer School in November, 1987, Hayes reported for duty aboard USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2). Aboard Iwo Jima, he earned his Surface Warfare designation. Upon completion of steam EOOW School, he reported as Main Propulsion assistant to USS England (CG-22) in September 1990, joining England mid-deployment in the Persian Gulf. Upon completion of his tour in February 1992, he assumed one of two naval liaison officer roles working in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard in the counter-drug war.
In 1993, Hayes affiliated with the Selected Reserve. His leadership assignments have included command of NR Destroyer Squadron 24, Det D; NR COMFOURTHFLT/U.S. Naval Forces, Southern Command, NR USPACOM Dets 401 and Det 301, and NR COMSEVENTHFLEET. Recent notable active duty included support to Commander, 4th Fleet during Operation Unified Response, deputy commander for U.S. SOUTHCOM C2 team following the 2010 Chilean earthquake, and as USPACOM Joint Operations Center director during Operation Tomodachi.
Hayes is a graduate of the Senior Navy Reserve Officer Orientation Course and is a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s National Navy Reserve Policy Board.
Hayes’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), and various campaign and service medals.
In his civilian capacity, Hayes is an account manager for Brocade Communications Systems.