Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral W. Kent Davis

Vice Chief of Information

Rear Admiral W. Kent Davis

Rear Adm. Davis assumed duties as Vice Chief of Information October 2013. He was mobilized in 2012, serving as director of Public Affairs for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force (CJIATF) 435 in Afghanistan. A native of Alabama, Davis graduated from Louisiana State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and from Georgia State University with a Juris Doctor degree (magna cum laude) in 1998.

Davis attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Supply Corps officer in 1986 His initial active-duty assignments included tours as assistant supply officer aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB 63) and aviation supply officer at Naval Air Station Atlanta. He also served as a gun director officer for the five- and 16-inch guns aboard Missouri, deploying to the Persian Gulf for Operation Earnest Will and to the Northern Pacific in support of Cold War operations. In 1992, Davis was selected for transfer to the public affairs designator. He then served as assistant public affairs officer (PAO) at Commander, Naval Base San Francisco and as PAO aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), where he deployed once again to the Persian Gulf for Operation Southern Watch and to Somalia the same year in support of United Nations peacekeeping operations.

In 1994, Davis transferred to the Navy Reserve and was assigned to the Navy Office of Information Southeast in Atlanta. In 1999, he returned to active duty via an inter-service transfer to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He was an honor graduate of the Army Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course and, subsequently, served in the rank of major as trial counsel and administrative law attorney in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Reserve Command, and then as ethics counselor at U.S. Army Forces Command, both located at Fort McPherson, Ga.

Upon discharge from the Army, Davis returned to the Navy Reserve in 2001, where he has since served as executive officer of Navy Information Bureau Detachment 108 in Atlanta; as executive officer of the Naval Media Center Reserve unit in Washington, D.C, as an individual mobilization augmentee (IMA) at U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) Headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., and at USCENTCOM Forward Headquarters in Qatar, as director of Navy Reserve Navy Office of Information U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet in Atlanta, as an IMA at U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, and as
director of Navy Reserve (NR) Navy Office of Information Headquarters. He is a graduate of basic and senior PAO courses at Defense Information School.

In his civilian career, Davis has worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security since 2002. He currently serves as Legal Counsel for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., the nation’s only weapons of mass destruction training facility for civilians.

Updated: 25 October 2013