Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Joseph W. Kuzmick

Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIFTEEN

Rear Admiral Joseph W. Kuzmick


A native of New Jersey, Rear Adm. Kuzmick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. In 1996, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Business from Webster University. His professional military education includes the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College.

His sea tours include Attack Squadron 34 embarked on USS America (CV 66), VA-115 embarked on USS Midway (CV 41) and USS Independence (CV 62). During these tours, he participated in Operations El Dorado Canyon and Desert Storm. He also served as Air Operations Officer for Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Three embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), and as executive officer of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Kuzmick has commanded Electronic Attack Squadron 128; Amphibious Command Ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), and the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

His shore tours include Attack Squadron 128 as an instructor; U.S. Naval Strike Warfare Center as Air Wing Training department head, and the Joint Staff National Airborne Operations Center as Command Center Operations chief.

His Flag Officer assignments include Chief of Naval Operations, Director of Operations and Plans (N31).  Admiral Kuzmick began his current tour in September 2013 as Commander, Carrier Strike Group FIFTEEN.

He has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours and 780 carrier landings. His personal military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and various other service and unit awards.


Updated: 29 May 2014