|CDR Kenneth Athans
A native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, CDR Athans enlisted in the Navy in 1990 and attained the rank of Gunner’s Mate First Class prior to receiving his commission through the Seaman to Admiral program in 1998.
Afloat, CDR Athans served as Gunnery Officer, Damage Control Assistant, Fire Control Officer and Weapons Officer in USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) during his division officer tours. As a Department Head, he served as Weapons Officer in USS VICKSBURG (CG 69), and Operations Officer and Executive Officer in USS PORT ROYAL. Most recently, he served as Executive Officer in USS HALSEY (DDG 97) prior to fleeting up to Commanding Officer in August 2015.
Ashore, CDR Athans served at U.S. Pacific Command as a Future Operations Planner and Executive Assistant to the Director for Operations. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computing Sciences with honors and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. He also is a graduate of the Asia-Pacific Security Center for Security Studies at the DOD academic institute in Honolulu, Hawaii.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards) and various other unit and campaign awards. He was the Carrier Strike Group Seven Ship handler of the Year in 2001 and the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Tactician of the Year in 2008.