Captain David L. Kiehl
Chief of Staff (May 2009 - April 2011)

Captain Kiehl is a second-generation naval officer and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1984. Following his commissioning as an Ensign and upon completion of flight training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1986.

Captain Kiehl’s first operational assignment was with the strategic communications TACAMO community and the ‘Ironmen’ of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) in NAS Barbers Point, HI. During his tour flying the EC-130Q Hercules he qualified as an Airborne Communications Officer/Instructor, Mission Commander and Mission Commander Evaluator.

In June 1989, Captain Kiehl returned to the United States Naval Academy serving as a Company Officer and Professional Development/Leadership Instructor. During his shore tour at Annapolis, he was selected for an aviation community transition.

In June 1992, Captain Kiehl reported to the ‘Roadrunners’ of Attack Squadron THIRTY-SIX (VA-36) flying the A-6E Intruder aircraft. During his tour, he completed the ’93 Adriatic/Med/Red Sea cruise aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) flying combat missions over Bosnia and Southern Iraq in support of Operations PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT and SOUTHERN WATCH.

Following the Navy’s decision to retire the A-6E Intruder, Captain Kiehl returned to the TACAMO community and STRATCOMMWING ONE. After his SCW-1 staff assignment, he returned in 1995 to the ‘Ironmen’ of VQ-3 for his department head tour, flying missions in the new TACAMO E-6A Mercury aircraft.

In September 1997, Captain Kiehl was chosen to standup TACAMO’s STRATCOMMWING ONE Detachment in Offutt AFB, NE and assumed his duties as the first Officer-in-Charge (OIC), supporting the USSTRATCOM Airborne Command Post (ABNCP) mission. While assigned he was selected for Operational Aviation Command.

Captain Kiehl assumed command of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR (VQ-4) in Tinker AFB, OK, in April 2002. During his command tour the ‘Shadows’ were awarded the CNO Safety ‘S’ Award, the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Battle Efficiency ‘E’ Award and the COMSTRATCOMMWING ONE Maintenance Excellence Award.

In July 2003, Captain Kiehl reported to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) as Navigator. During his tour, Captain Kiehl successfully completed her Med/Arabian Gulf deployment in 2004 supporting Operations VIGILANT RESOLVE, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Upon completion of his assignment aboard GEORGE WASHINGTON, Captain Kiehl reported to Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Norfolk, VA, where he served as special assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff-Transformation, supporting NATO transformation and deployed Alliance forces.

In July 2007, Captain Kiehl took command as Commander, Sealift Logistics Command Pacific (COMSEALOGPAC), serving as Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) senior officer in the Eastern Pacific. Captain Kiehl executed operational and tactical control of all Combat Logistics Force ships in the Third Fleet area of responsibility as Commander, Task Force 33 (CTF 33). He also exercised control over and provided husbanding support to all other assigned MSC special mission and strategic sealift cargo shipping in the Eastern Pacific as COMSEALOGPAC.

In May 2009, Captain Kiehl reported to Commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN as Chief of Staff.

Captain Kiehl has accrued over 4000 hours flying numerous aircraft and 200 arrested carrier landings. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit and campaign awards. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College (Seminar) and the Joint Forces Staff College.



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