Captain Kevin Kennedy (92) has assumed command of Naval ROTC at the University of Virginia.
Captain Kevin Kennedy graduated from Tulane University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1994. He is a 2006 graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, Australia and earned a Master in Maritime Studies Degree from the University of Wollongong in 2007.
Captain Kennedy’s operational assignments include Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron FOURTEEN (HS-14), Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW-2), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron TWO (HS-2), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron FIFTEEN (HS-15) and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO FIVE (HSC-25). He has accumulated over 3,500 flight hours.
His shore assignments include tours as a flight instructor with Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron TEN (HS-10), the H-60F/H Fleet Replacement Squadron; as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor with the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing Pacific Weapons School; Operations Team Four at the National Military Command Center in the Operations Directorate on the Joint Staff; Operations and Plans Division (OPNAV N31); and as the Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic Expeditionary Helicopter Boss at Naval Central Command.
He has completed three tours as Commanding Officer starting with HS-15 in San Diego, HSC-25 in Guam and the Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific in San Diego.
Captain Kennedy’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight award), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various other unit commendations and service medals.
Excerpt from change of command address:
“We are very much a profession of arms,” Kennedy said. “The nation faces peer competition again, for the first time in a long time, and we need people who are able to lead men and women in combat in that environment. I think it is important that those officers are highly educated and understand the world – not just trained, but educated, knowing how to think. I think UVA does a great job teaching these students how to think. We need smart, well-educated, well-rounded officers to lead us in that challenge, and I think I can guide them through that.”