|Rear Admiral John M. Kelly, USN
United States Navy
Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command
Rear Admiral Kelly, a second-generation Naval Academy graduate, earned a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering from Annapolis in 1973.
Upon commissioning, he joined USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG 16) on
deployment in the western Pacific, serving as Main Propulsion Assistant and
Navigator. He then attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a
Master's Degree in Weapons Systems Technology.
In July 1979, Rear Adm. Kelly joined the commissioning crew of USS THORN
(DD 988) as Combat Systems Officer, deploying to the Mediterranean in 1981
and conducting operations in support of the Lebanese Missile Crisis and Gulf of
Sidra Freedom of Navigation Operations. He returned to the western Pacific in
January 1982, serving as weapons officer in USS LEAHY (CG 16), participating
in three carrier battle group operations off the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Following his third sea tour, Rear Adm. Kelly reported to the Office of the Chief
of Naval Operations in September 1984 as the Surface Navy's Gunnery Officer,
with subsequent responsibilities for Harpoon and Tomahawk missile systems. In
January 1986, Rear Adm. Kelly reported as Executive Officer in USS
YORKTOWN (CG 48). During this tour, YORKTOWN operated in the Black Sea,
the Mediterranean and extensively in the Gulf of Sidra, earning the coveted
SIXTHFLT TOPHAND and Battle Efficiency Awards.
Following a tour on the staff of Commander, Surface Warfare Development
Group as Director for Tactical Development, RADM Kelly reported to the
Current Operations Directorate, Joint Chiefs of Staff (J3) as the conventional
Tomahawk Officer and as Action Officer, European and Central Command
branch from January 1989 to January 1991. During this period, he participated
in the planning and execution of the Panama and Desert Shield Operations,
while concurrently serving as briefer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
and the Secretary of Defense during these operations.
In October 1991, RADM Kelly reported as the commissioning Commanding
Officer of USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53). After supervising construction, he
prepared JOHN PAUL JONES for her initial deployment, while concurrently
conducting shock trails for the Arleigh Burke-class; the most successful on
Rear Adm. Kelly next joined the staff of the Director, Surface Warfare Division
(N86) as Deputy Director, Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (N865). RADM Kelly
then assumed command of USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64) in May 1996, and
immediately deployed with the ENTERPRISE Battle Group to the Mediterranean
and Persian Gulf, including extensive Operation SOUTHERN WATCH operations.
RADM Kelly then served as Chief of Staff, Commander, Second Fleet and
Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic until September 1999, including conducting
Strong Resolve98, the largest NATO exercise since the end of the Cold War,
while preparing five battlegroups for forward deployment.
RADM Kelly then assumed duties as N765 (Director, Theater Air Warfare), and
subsequently Deputy Director, Surface Warfare (N76B), responsible for all
Surface Warfare Programs.
RADM Kelly assumed command of Cruiser-Destroyer Group THREE/ABRAHAM
LINCOLN Battle Group in July 2001, completing an historic ten month
deployment including three combat operations: OPERATION ENDURING
FREEDOM, OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH, and as CTF 50 in command of
strike forces for three carrier battle groups, for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
RADM Kelly assumed command of NWDC in September 2003.