|Captain Roy Kitchener
Chief of Staff
Roy Kitchener is a native of Trumbull, Connecticut. He attended Unity College in Unity, Maine graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Captain Kitchener began his naval career at the Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island, where he was commissioned an Ensign 26 March 1985. His initial sea tour followed on the Guided Missile Destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG 45) as Gunnery Officer and Navigator. Other afloat tours include Operations and Training Officer in SPECIAL BOAT UNIT TWO SIX (SBU 26), Republic of Panama where the unit conducted combat operations during Operation Just Cause; Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer in USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56); Executive Officer in USS COWPENS (CG 63) and Operations Officer and Chief of Staff in Carrier Strike Group Eleven. Captain Kitchener commanded both USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) and USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) as part of the Navy’s SEA SWAP Initiative, and USS PRINCETON (CG 59).
Captain Kitchener’s shore assignments include: the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security Affairs, specializing in Western Hemisphere area studies; the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, as the Surface Warfare Directorate’s Naval Surface Fire Support Program Officer; the staff of the Surface Warfare Officer School, as a Combat Systems Instructor in the Command Training Department; the staff of CDR USNORTHCOM, as the Ballistic Missile Defense Operations Chief, in the Cheyenne Mountain Directorate, and as Chief of Staff, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit with two gold stars, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four gold stars, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and various service and campaign awards.
31st MEU Scheduled to Deploy to Asia-Pacific Region
CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are preparing to board Navy ships of Amphibious Squadron 11 and are scheduled to depart within days to begin a patrol of the Asia-Pacific region.
Exercise Talisman Sabre begins in northern Australia
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, right, meets and greets soldiers of the Royal Australian Army at the opening ceremony for the exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
Sailors of Four COMNAVSURFPAC Commands Promoted to Chief Together
SAN DIEGO – Seven Sailors from Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) and subordinate commands were promoted to the rank of chief petty officer (CPOs) at a pinning ceremony held at the base chapel on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Sept. 16.
New SURFPAC Force Master Chief Selected
SAN DIEGO - Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) announced the next SURFPAC force master chief, Sept. 28. Vice Adm. Richard announced Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Brannon Knox will relieve Force Master Chief(SW) Eric Page in a ceremony October 2011.
Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 Kicks Off
KORAT, Thailand – “Now the auspicious moment has arrived… I would like to declare the combined joint Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 open.” These words were spoken by Gen. Sakol Sajjanit, Deputy Chief of Royal Thai Defense Forces, who took part in the opening ceremony which officially began Exercise Cobra Gold 2012.
NROTC Midshipmen Select First Ships
SAN DIEGO – Approximately 270 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipmen from around the country are selecting their first ships this week.
SURFPAC's Top Fleet, Shore Sailors Announced
SAN DIEGO – Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) announced the 2011 SURFPAC Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a banquet at Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, Calif., Feb 17, sponsored by the Surface Navy Association.
Navy Funds Fiscal Year 2012 Littoral Combat Ships
WASHINGTON - The Navy issued contract modifications to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective littoral combat ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2012 littoral combat ships each, March 16.
VADM Hunt Tour of MAKIN ISLAND
BAHRAIN (March 14, 2012) Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, tours engineering spaces aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during an official visit and tour.
RIMPAC to begin June 29
SAN DIEGO – Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
Service Members Become Citizens
SAN DIEGO – More than 50 service members recited the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego., May 24.
18th CARAT U.S. – Malaysia Exercise Set to Start
LUMUT, Malaysia –The 18th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U. S. Coast Guard and the Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and Malaysian Army, begins June 15, with the U.S. Navy Task Group and Marine landing force arriving the day before in Lumut, Malaysia.
RIMPAC 2012 Conducts Sink Exercise
PACIFIC OCEAN - A live-fire exercise, part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, sank the deactivated ship USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS-3) in waters 15,480 feet deep, 63 miles southwest of Kauai, Hawaii.
SURFOR Announces Change of Command
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman will relieve Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during a ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
RIMPAC conducts a second SINKEX
Kauai, Hawaii - A live-fire exercise, part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, sank the ex-USS Concord (T-AFS-5) in waters 15,390 feet deep, 61 miles off the coast of Kauai.
SURFOR Change of Command
SAN DIEGO – Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III relieved Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC), during a ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Third SINKEX during RIMPAC
Kauai, Hawaii - A live-fire exercise, part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, sank the ex-USS Kilauea (T-AE-26) in waters 15,480 feet deep, 63 miles off the coast of Kauai.
Naval Surface Forces Commander Visits SWOS
NEWPORT, R.I. - Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR), Vice Adm. Thomas Copeman, visited the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) for a tour and update on school programs.
Navy Announces Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the Navy is using the month as a launch pad to focus on Navy's ongoing suicide prevention efforts, officials announced in NAVADMIN 259/12.
Valiant Shield 2012 Ends
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, GUAM - More than 25 U.S. joint forces completed their participation in Valiant Shield 2012 (VS12), ending the 9-day long exercise in the region around Guam.
IMCMEX12 Military Exercise Concludes
MANAMA, Bahrain - International Mine Countermeasures Exercise 2012 (IMCMEX12) concluded at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command after two weeks of seminars and training operations.
SECNAV Honors Leadership in Energy and Water Efficiency
WASHINGTON - Eight Department of the Navy (DoN) commands were recognized for exemplary achievements at the annual Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Awards ceremony held at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center.
Littoral Combat Ship Shore-Based Training Facility Realigns
SAN DIEGO - The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Shore-Based Training Facility (LTF) was internally realigned from Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) Detachment San Diego to CSCS' Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center (FLEASWTRACEN).
National City Celebrates San Diego Sailors of the Year
NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - National City Chamber of Commerce celebrated more than 15 Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) Sailors and nearly 200 San Diego based service members during the 56th annual Salute to Navy Luncheon at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
February 2013 SELRES Advancement Exams Announced
PENSACOLA, Fla. - February 2013 Navywide examinations for advancement in rate of E4-E7 Selected Reserve (SELRES) personnel and FY-14 SELRES Chief Petty Officer Selection Boards were announced in Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 308-12.
Pacific Fleet Commander Visits NAF Misawa
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan - The commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet visited Naval Air Facility (NAF) Misawa, touring the base, meeting with Sailors, and conducting an all-hands call.
U.S. Navy, Royal Cambodian Navy kick off CARAT 2012
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - The U.S. Navy and Royal Cambodian Navy commenced the 3rd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise with an opening ceremony held at the Royal Cambodian Ream Navy Base.
Military Families Receive Donations for their Service
SAN DIEGO – Volunteers from the Church of Rancho Bernardo gathered to show their appreciation to service members in the San Diego area by distributing essential items to more than 40 military families during an event on Naval Base San Diego.
Petty Officers Advancement Announced
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- More than 26,000 active duty and nearly 600 Full Time Support (FTS) Sailors are on their way to advancement to E4, E5 and E6 with the release of the fall Petty Officer advancement list.
San Diego Sailors, Families Clean Up Streets
SAN DIEGO - More than 300 Sailors and Navy family members walked down streets to collect trash surrounding Naval Base San Diego Nov. 17 during the "Main Street Clean Up" event.
CNO Recognizes Fleet's Best
WASHINGTON - The chief of naval operations (CNO) presented the Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale Leadership Award to two commanders at the Pentagon in the Hall of Heroes.
MCPON Releases CPO 365 Training Guidance
WASHINGTON - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens took office last year, he recognized that training chiefs for their new leadership role in six weeks, as the original CPO induction dictated, was hindering them in becoming as successful as possible.
Port Engineers Awarded Formal Certification
SAN DIEGO - U.S. Navy port engineers are now being awarded formal certifications to mark their level of training, familiarization, and progress in the U.S. Navy Port Engineer Program.
Turning Civilians into Sailors
GREAT LAKES, Ill. - It's no surprise that Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Shirra Dickerson wound up being a Recruit Division Commander (RDC) -- she'd planned it from the start.
Defense Department Rescinds Direct Combat Exclusion Rule
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service.
CNO Reenlists San Diego Sailors
SAN DIEGO - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert reenlisted 31 Sailors at a reenlistment ceremony and all hands call hosted at Naval Air Station North Island's Lowry Movie Theater.
Captains Call Kit on Continuing Resolution and Sequestration
WASHINGTON - With the budgetary uncertainty associated with the ongoing continuing resolution and the looming threat of sequestration, the Navy must begin seriously considering options to deal with what could be a $4-$9 billion shortfall in operating and maintenance accounts.
SURFPAC’s 2012 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year Announced
San Diego, CA - Construction Mechanic 1st Class Petty Officer (SCW/EXW) Daniel Perez, Beachmaster Unit 1, was named the Shore Sailor of the Year and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Petty Officer (AW/SW) Shawn-Patrick Bland, USS Makin Island (LHD 8), was named as the 2012 Sea Sailor of the Year for Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Damage Controlman Awarded Purple Heart
SAN DIEGO – Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vice Adm. Tom Copeman awarded Damage Controlman 2nd Class Petty Officer (SW) Izzysara Rosenthalgeorge the Purple Heart during a ceremony on Naval Base San Diego.
SecNav Names Multiple Ships
WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next three joint high speed vessels (JHSV) will be named USNS Yuma, USNS Bismarck and USNS Burlington, and two littoral combat ships (LCS) will be named USS Billings and USS Tulsa.
LCS Remote Minehunting System Completes Reliability Testing
WASHINGTON - The Navy successfully concluded the second and final phase of reliability testing of the littoral combat ship (LCS) remote minehunting system (RMS) off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla., enabling the service to progress toward developmental testing, the Navy announced.
Keel Authenticated for Eighth LCS
MOBILE, Ala. - The Navy and Austal USA held a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Montgomery, the Navy's eighth littoral combat ship (LCS)in Mobile, Ala.
Pacific Partnership Concludes Work in Marshall Islands
MAJURO, Marshall Islands - Members of Pacific Partnership 2013 joined distinguished members of the Marshallese government and U.S. Ambassador Thomas H. Armbruster for a closing ceremony on the island of Majuro to mark the end the Republic of the Marshall Islands mission.
GWCSG Kicks Off Talisman Saber 13
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea - U.S. and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) began their portion of Talisman Saber 2013 off the northeast coast of Australia.
Pacific Partnership Tests Water Quality on Tarawa
TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati - Pacific Partnership 2013 environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army are testing the quality of water from a number of rainwater catchment systems throughout Tarawa atoll in the Republic of Kiribati.
Testing Chaplains in the Battlefield during Talisman Saber
PEARL HARBOR - Capt. Francis D. Bonadonna, deputy fleet chaplain for U.S. Pacific Fleet, had a rare opportunity to create scenarios for the chaplain corps during the amphibious portion of exercise Talisman Saber 2013, being held off the coast of Australia.
Pacific Partnership Donates Toys to School for Disabled Children
TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati - Pacific Partnership 2013, Project Handclasp and U.S. and partner nation service members distributed toys to students at the Kiribati School for the Disabled during as a part of a community service event on Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati.