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Commanding Officer

Commander Kyle C. Read
Commanding Officer

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Commander (CDR) Kyle C. Read graduated from The University of Texas in 1996. While there, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English.  In 2001, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy at Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. 

In October of 2002, CDR Read earned his Wings and, upon completion of FRS training, he reported to Patrol Squadron FOUR SEVEN, based in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  He earned qualifications as Instructor Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander while he completed two FIFTH FLEET deployments with the “Golden Swordsmen” of VP-47.  Both deployments were in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Horn of Africa. 

After completing his first sea tour, CDR Read reported to Commander Submarine Group SEVEN in Yokosuka, Japan.  While there, he served as the VP Liaison Officer and achieved every possible qualification and held the positions of Assistant Theater ASW Operations Officer and Battle Watch Captain.  In June 2009, CDR Read reported for duty as a Shooter onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).  He completed multiple at-sea periods, including two FIFTH FLEET deployments, as the Hangar Deck (V-3) Division Officer, and the Aircraft Launch and Recovery (V-2) Division Officer, in addition to daily flight deck responsibilities.

In November of 2013, CDR Read reported onboard Patrol Squadron FORTY, based in Oak Harbor, Washington for his Department Head tour.  He served as the Command Services Officer, FIFTH FLEET Liaison Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer while he completed a FIFTH FLEET and SEVENTH FLEET deployment with the “Fighting Marlins” of VP-40.  CDR Read reported to United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt AFB, Nebraska, in January 2015 as an Emergency Action Officer in the Operations Directorate. He became the Chief, Emergency Action Evaluation Branch, where he trained Emergency Action personnel in the Global Operations Center.  CDR Read reported to Tactical Air Control Squadron TWO ONE in June of 2018 as the Prospective Executive Officer and assumed command in December of 2019.

CDR Read is also a graduate of Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) at Maxwell Air Force Base where he successfully completed the ACSC PME program and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science. His decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various other campaign, service and unit citations.