Military Bios

Rear Admiral Joseph F. Kilkenny:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Director, Aviation Plans and Requirements Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Rear Admiral Joseph F. Kilkenny, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from The Citadel in 1977 and received his Naval Flight Officer wings in December 1978.
Upon completion of A-6 Intruder training with VA-42, Rear Adm. Kilkenny reported to VA-176 in July 1979 and made three deployments aboard USS Independence (CV-62). In September 1982, he reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command as an Aviation Officer Candidate Class Officer.
In February 1985, he reported to USS Coral Sea (CV-43) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and made a Mediterranean deployment, which included the Libyan strike. He reported again to VA-42 as an instructor in March 1987. He reported to VA-75 in April 1989 where he served as Maintenance Officer. Deploying aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), he was assigned to the staff of Carrier Air Wing Three and flew in the first night strike of Desert Storm.
In April 1991, Rear Adm. Kilkenny joined Medium Attack Wing One as Readiness Officer and in October 1991 reported to U.S. Atlantic Command for assignment in the Operations Directorate. After A-6 refresher training with VA-128, he reported to VA-196 as XO/CO in September 1993, and made one deployment aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). In October 1995, he joined the staff of Carrier Group Two as Air Operations Officer and made one deployment aboard John F. Kennedy. He reported to Tactical Training Group Atlantic in September 1997 as Head of the Strike Warfare directorate.
After F-14 and EA-6B refresher training Rear Adm. Kilkenny reported to Carrier Air Wing Three as Deputy Commander, forward deployed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in April 1999. He assumed command of the Wing in September 2000 and deployed in November 2000 aboard USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) on her maiden deployment.
In August 2001, Rear Adm. Kilkenny reported to the Bureau of Personnel (BUPERS) as the Head of Aviation Officer Distribution (PERS43). In June 2003 he reported to OPNAV as Director, Aviation Plans and Requirements (N780).
Rear Adm. Kilkenny’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and various campaign, service and unit awards.
Effective: 4 August 2004


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