Commander Joseph Kemp
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, CDR Joseph Kemp was commisioned with the United States Merchant Marine Academy Class of 1996. After receiving his wings in July 1998, he reported to Helicopter Combat Squadron THREE (HC-3) in San Diego, California before being assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron EIGHT (HC-8) in Norfolk, Virginia in 1999.
His first sea tour flying the CH-46 included deployments to the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea on the USNS CONCORD (T-AFS 5) and USS DETROIT (AOE 4). Here he served as detachment Operations Officer and the Squadron Training Department Head.
In 2003, CDR Kemp reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron ELEVEN (HC-11) in San Diego, California. He assisted the squadron in transitioning from the CH-46 and H-3 airframes to the MH-60S airframe and the redesignation to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO ONE (HSC-21). He deployed to the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf on the USS PELELIU (LHA 5) and USS CAMDEN (AOE 2). He served as detachment Assistant Officer-in-Charge, Squadron Quality Assurance Officer and obtained his Officer of the Deck (OOD) Qualification.
In 2005, CDR Kemp was assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO (HC-2) in Norfolk, Virginia. He assisted the squadron in transitioning from the H-3 airframe to the MH-60S airframe and redesignating the squadron to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO (HSC-2). He served as squadron Training Department Head.
In 2007, CDR Kemp reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO EIGHT (HSC-28) in Norfolk, Virginia. He deployed to the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea on board the USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) and USS NASSAU (LHA 4) as the Officer-in-Charge. He also served the squadron as Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer.
In 2010, CDR Kemp reported to the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii where he served as the center's Executive Assistant.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Award, Naval Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and various campaign and service awards.