Senior Enlisted Leader
Senior Chief Kearns enlisted in the Navy in August 1994. He attended Recruit Training at Great Lakes, IL with immediate follow on orders to Fire Controlman “A” School. He then attended Close-In Weapon System ‘C’ School in San Diego, CA.
In 1996 Senior Chief Kearns was assigned to USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG-62), homeported in San Diego, CA and later, Yokosuka, Japan. After serving five years onboard, he attended AEGIS Computer Network training in Dahlgren, VA. After graduation he commissioned USS PINCKNEY (DDG-91), and served as the Leading Petty Officer of CF Division from 2002-2005. He then reported to Center For Surface Combat Systems Detachment Yokosuka where he served as Ballistic Missile Defense and AEGIS instructor. In 2007, while still at CSCS Det Yokosuka, he was selected to Chief Petty Officer. In 2008 he returned to Dahlgren, VA to attend the Combat Systems Maintenance Manager (CSMM) and AEGIS Weapons Systems Supervisor courses of instruction. He then served four years on USS CHAFEE (DDG-90) as the CSMM and Combat Systems Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. While stationed on USS CHAFEE he was selected to Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2010.
Senior Chief Kearns reported aboard RSO PNW in May 2013. His personal awards include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), and numerous unit awards and campaign medals.