|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.