Military Bios

Rear Admiral Mark W. Kenny:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Submarine Group Two Commander, Submarine Group Ten Commander, Navy Region Northeast
Rear Admiral Mark W. Kenny, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1977.
His initial sea tours included USS Sea Devil (SSN 664), USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (SSN 708), and as Executive Officer onboard USS Kentucky (SSBN 737).
His shore assignments included duty at Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Tactics Director at the Naval Submarine Training Center, Pacific; and as Deputy for Readiness and Training on the staff of Commander Submarine Group Ten.
Rear Adm. Kenny served as Commanding Officer of USS Birmingham (SSN 695). During his tour the ship earned the Arleigh Burke Trophy nomination as the most improved submarine in the Pacific Fleet and earned the squadron Battle Efficiency "E". Birmingham conducted a deployment to the western Pacific as a member of the Nimitz Battle Group, earning two Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Seventh Fleet Award for Anti-Surface Warfare Excellence.
While in command of Birmingham, Rear Adm. Kenny was presented the COMSUBPAC Naval Submarine League Warfighting Award, was the Pacific Fleet nominee for the Rear Admiral Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and was selected for the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award.
Rear Adm. Kenny then served on the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet as the Prospective Commanding Officer Instructor and returned to sea as Commander of Submarine Squadron Seven in Pearl Harbor. During his tour, the squadron staff worked up and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of the Constellation Battle Group. He then served on the Navy staff as the Branch Head (N771) for Submarine Acquisition, Maintenance, and SSBN/SSGN programs.
Rear Adm. Kenny served as the Executive Assistant and as a Division Chief on the staff of the Director of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment for the Joint Chiefs (J-8). Upon his selection to Flag rank, Rear Adm. Kenny was assigned as the Deputy Director for Submarine Warfare (N77B) on the Navy Staff and Flag Officer for Task Force ASW.
Rear Adm. Kenny assumed command of Commander, Submarine Group Two, Commander, Submarine Group Ten and Commander, Navy Region Northeast January 2005.
Rear Adm. Kenny completed the National Security and Strategic Studies Program from the Naval War College and has a Masters of Arts in International Relations from Salve Regina University. His awards include the Legion of Merit (fifth award), Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.
Updated: 4 April 2005


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