As a surface warfare officer, he deployed around the world and commanded
destroyers, cruisers, and an expeditionary strike group. At sea he served
as a division officer aboard USS Dewey (DDG 45); operations and training
officer for Special Boat Unit 26, Republic of Panama; combat systems and
weapons officer aboard USS San Jacinto (CG 56); executive officer aboard USS
Cowpens (CG 63); and operations officer and chief of staff for Commander,
Carrier Strike Group 11. He commanded USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and
USS Higgins (DDG 76), during the Navy’s Sea Swap Initiative, and also commanded
USS Princeton (CG59) and Expeditionary Strike Group 2.
Ashore, Kitchener served as the Surface Warfare Directorate’s Naval Surface
Fire Support program officer on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations;
combat systems instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School; ballistic
missile defense operations chief at the Cheyenne Mountain directorate at
Commander, U.S. Northern Command; and vice commander of Naval Mine and
Anti-Submarine Warfare Command. He served as the chief of staff at numerous
commands, to include Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet; Commander, Naval Surface
Forces; Naval Striking and Support Forces North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO); and U.S. deputy military representative to the NATO Military Committee.
Most recently, he was commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Kitchener assumed the duties as commander, Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface
Force U.S. Pacific Fleet on August 3, 2020.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (three awards),
Legion of Merit (five awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and various
service and campaign awards.