Rear Adm. Roy Kitchener is a native of Trumbull, Connecticut, and attended Unity College in Unity, Maine, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also earned a Masters of Arts in National Security Affairs, specializing in Western Hemisphere area studies from the Naval Post Graduate School. Kitchener began his naval career at the Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island, where he was commissioned in 1985.
His initial sea tour followed aboard USS Dewey (DDG 45). Other afloat tours include operations and training officer for Special Boat Unit 26, Republic of Panama; weapons officer and combat systems officer aboard USS San Jacinto (CG 56); executive officer aboard USS Cowpens (CG 63); and operations officer and chief of staff for Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11. He commanded USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Higgins (DDG 76) as part of the Navy’s Sea Swap Initiative, USS Princeton (CG59) and was commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2.
His shore assignments include the staff of the chief of naval operations as the Surface Warfare Directorate’s Naval Surface Fire Support Program officer; combat systems instructor in the Command Training Department of the Surface Warfare Officers School; the staff of Commander U.S. Northern Command as the ballistic missile defense operations chief in the Cheyenne Mountain directorate; chief of staff for Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet; chief of staff for Commander, Naval Surface Forces; vice commander of Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command; and chief of staff of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with a silver star, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and various service and campaign awards.