Rear Admiral Kurt Kunkel, a native of Warner Robins, Ga., graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., in 1982, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree (with merit) in Oceanography. He earned a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., in 1992. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I., the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., and completed Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program.
Kunkel is the commander of the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, a field activity of the Defense Logistics Agency, at Fort Belvoir, Va. As commander, he is responsible for providing the Department of Defense and other government agencies with comprehensive energy solutions and ensuring continuous energy support to America’s warfighters worldwide. He previously served as the chief of staff, Defense Logistics Agency, Ft. Belvoir, Va. Prior to that assignment, he served as the chief, Strategy Division, deputy director for Operational Logistics, director of Logistics (J4) on the Joint Staff and deputy for Supply, Ordnance & Logistics Operations (N41) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Sea duty assignments include: supply officer, Fighter Squadron 102 embarked in USS America (CV 66); supply officer, USS McCandless (FF 1084); principal assistant for Services and assistant supply officer, USS George Washington (CVN 73); and supply officer, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Ashore assignments include: Integrated Logistics Support, F-14 assistant program manager for Logistics, Naval Air Systems Command, Washington, D.C.; Industrial Support Branch section head and executive assistant to the commanding officer, Naval Aviation Supply Office, Philadelphia, Pa.; staff positions at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC), Norfolk, Va., including acting officer in charge, FISC Norfolk Detachment Washington, D.C.; Regionalization and Supply Programs/Policy Branch head, director Fleet Supply/Ordnance (N41), U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.; and assistant chief of staff for Logistics and Engineering (N4), commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, Manama, Bahrain.
His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is a qualified Naval Aviation Supply Officer, Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer and Joint Qualified Officer and is a member of the Department of the Navy Acquisition Corps.