Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Icon Retires - Captain Kevin Hooley
Naval Network Warfare Command
Director, Human & Command Resources
Wanted to let you all know that I attended a ceremony IHO of CAPT Kevin Hooley yesterday as he finalizes his days on active duty. ADM Harvey, U.S. Fleet Forces, was present and said, "when I saw Kevin's award come across my desk, I will sign it under the condition that I present it!"
Sure enough, he did.
After 40 years of active duty, his time has come to retire. Not many have taken Kevin's path, Seaman to LDO and ultimately reaching the rank of Captain, but a few come to mind....Captains Al Ross, Larry Schaffer, Clyde Lopez, Jim Newman, Tom Botulinski, Craig Eaton, and still on active duty, Jim Brokaw. I'm sure there are plenty more. Each of these individuals would tell they all had good mentors and great Chiefs that kept them in line and on the right track. Yesterday, Kevin gave all the credit for his success to many people but he was extremely grateful for the Chief's mess's throughout his career.
Kevin enlisted in 1972 and after 10 years as a CTR (a real Morse Code kind of guy), he was commissioned via the LDO program (1982). To recap his spectacular career, his sea duty (PCS and DIRSUP) and shore duty assignments included:
- USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) (on last deployment)
- USS HANCOCK (CV 19) (decommissioned)
- USS ORISKANY (CVA 34) (decommissioned)
- USS MIDWAY (CV 41) (decommissioned)
- USS RANGER (CVA 61) (decommissioned)
- USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CG 5 (hull number 5, really Kevin??)
- USS WORDEN (CG 18) (decommissioned)
- USS REEVES (CG 24) (decommissioned)
- USS JOUETT (DLG 29) (decommissioned)
- USS STERETT (CG 31) (decommissioned)
- USS BAINBRIDGE (CGN 25) (decommissioned)
- USS IOWA (BB 61) (decommissioned)
- USS PARCHE (SSN 683) (decommissioned)
- USS SARGO (SSN 583) (decommissioned)
- USS POLLACK (SSN 603) (decommissioned)
- Naval Communications Training Center, Pensacola, FL
- U.S. NAVCOMMSTA, Philippines
- U.S. NAVSECGRUACT Clark AB, Philippines
- U.S. NAVSECGRUACT Misawa Japan
- NAVSECGRUACT Northwest, VA
- NAVSECGRUACT Fort Meade, MD
- SPAWAR Washington DC
- SPECWAR, Coronado, CA
- U.S. NAVSECGRUACT Bad Aibling (Commanding Officer) (decommissioned)
- CINCLANTFLT (now Fleet Forces Command)
- U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command/U.S. FIFTH Fleet
- Center for Cryptology/Center for Information Dominance (Commanding
- CNO Strategic Studies Group, Newport, RI
- Naval Network Warfare Command, Norfolk, VA
- Navy Cyber Forces Command, Virginia Beach, VA
In his remarks yesterday, Kevin said...."when you see me sitting on my porch, gazing and smiling at the sky, know that I am thinking of all of you!"
Fair Winds and Following Seas Captain Hooley.