CDR Carey (May 1, 2014 - Present) 
CDR Kevin Carey
Chief Staff Officer

A native of Montross, Virginia, Commander Carey was commissioned from Officer Candidate School in June 1995.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1997 and qualified as an SH-60B Seahawk Pilot in December 1997.

Operational tours include assignments with the HSL-46 Grandmasters, Destroyer Squadron 24, and the HSL-48 Vipers deploying aboard USS Cape St. George (CG 71), USS Arthur W Radford (DDG 968), USS John F Kennedy (CV 67) and USS Underwood (FFG 36). Carey served in a variety of billets including Landing Safety Officer, Air Operations Officer, Detachment Officer-in-Charge and Squadron Operations Officer.  He deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, the Adriatic Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Caribbean Sea and the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Tours ashore include the HT-8 Eight Ballers, the Chief of Science, Technology, and Intelligence for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR 4.0X) and the Appropriations Matters Office (FMBE) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller).  During these tours he served as Flight Leader, Advanced Tactics Instructor, National Geo-Spatial Agency (NGA) / NAVAIR Experimental Aviation Activity (NNEAA) Pilot and Navy Appropriations Congressional Liaison.

 Carey earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University in 1994.  He attained his acquisition certification in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering – Systems Engineering in 2006.  He graduated with distinction from the School of Aviation Safety in 2007.  In December 2010, he graduated with distinction from the Naval War College with a Command and Staff diploma and from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management.  He also received a lifetime membership in BETA GAMMA SIGMA – The International Honor Society Recognizing Business Excellence.  In 2012, he obtained his Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) certification.  In 2013, he screened for Financial Management SCP Commanding Officer.

 Carey amassed over 3,100 hours of flight time in six different naval aircraft.  His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), as well as various service and campaign awards.

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