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Admiral Kirkland H. Donald:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
Originally from Norlina, N.C., he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering.
After nuclear power and submarine training, he served in USS Batfish (SSN 681), USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN 658), and USS Seahorse (SSN 669).
Adm. Donald was Commanding Officer on USS Key West (SSN 722) from October 1990 to February 1993. He served as Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve from August 1995 to July 1997. From June 2002 to July 2003, he was assigned as Commander, Submarine Group 8; Commander, Submarine Force Sixth Fleet (CTF 69); Commander, Submarines Allied Naval Forces South; and Commander, Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Force (CTF 164) in Naples, Italy. Most recently, he served as Commander Naval Submarine Forces; Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Commander Allied Submarine Command; and Commander Task Forces 84 and 144.
His shore assignments include the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board and the staff of the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. He also served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel and on The Joint Staff. Adm. Donaldís last shore assignment was Deputy Chief of Staff for C4I, Resources, Requirements and Assessments, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Adm. Donald holds a Masterís in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of Harvard Universityís John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program.
Adm. Donald is authorized to wear the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with four Gold Stars, and the Meritorious Service Medal with one Gold Star in addition to several other personal and unit awards
Updated: 16 November 2004


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