|Commander Douglas Kennedy
Commander Douglas Kennedy graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. After one year of a Political Science Master’s degree program he applied for and was accepted to the Navy Officer Candidate School, where he reported 1 November 1997.
Ensign Kennedy was commissioned 28 February 1998 and was assigned to Navy Recruiting District Three temporarily while awaiting his May class date for Surface Warfare Officer School. While at NRD 3 Ensign Kennedy was awarded the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement medal for his work and assistance in recruiting several young men and women into the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program. He then reported to SWOS in late May and graduated from SWOS in October 1998 after completing the FFG engineering track.
Ensign Kennedy reported to USS ROBERT G BRADLEY (FFG-49) in November 1998 as Electrical Officer. He was selected for Early Department Head following his first deployment.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Kennedy graduated from Department Head School in February of 2002. He attended Wallops Island and Dahlgren Aegis training centers while enroute to CURTIS WILBUR (DDG-54). He received a promotion to full Lieutenant shortly before leaving Dahlgren and reported as Weapons Officer in CURTIS WILBUR in May 2002. Lieutenant Kennedy served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer from May 2002 until his departure in December 2004. While aboard CURTIS WILBUR he led the first ever Long Range Search and Track (LRST) installation on a DDG successfully leading to the maiden deployment of the United States BMD defense system on 1 October 2004.
Following CURTIS WILBUR, Lieutenant Kennedy was assigned to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. He was assigned to the Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (JC4I) curriculum.
Lieutenant Commander Kennedy reported as Navigator in USS ESSEX LHD-2 25 July 2007. He served as both ship’s Navigator and Force Navigator.
Following duty on ESSEX he reported to COMSEVENTHFLT Staff aboard BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, assigned as the Northeast Asia C4I Officer for Seventh Fleet. His duties included the planning and execution of all C4I requirements for Seventh Fleet operations in the Korean Theater of Operations. Specifically, he was the lead C4I planner for exercises KEY RESOLVE and ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN in addition to ensuring full C4I support to the Seventh Fleet Task Forces and Republic of Korea Navy units conducting bilateral exercises in the area.
Commander Kennedy reported to USS ESSEX on 10 March 2011 as the Operations Officer. He took part in the ship’s actions during OPERATION TOMODACHI as well as the following deployments to the South Pacific in support of Seventh Fleet Operations. He crossed decked to the BONHOMME RICHARD following the 2012 Hull Swap with ESSEX and served as Operations Officer.
Commander Kennedy’s current assignment is Executive Officer and Prospective Commanding Officer of Naval Beach Unit SEVEN in Sasebo Japan.