Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Quinn is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a master's degree in information science. He also attended the Surface Warfare Officer Department Head School, graduating first in his class and receiving the City of Newport and Navy League Award. He completed his Joint service education at the Armed Forces Staff College.
His operational tours included service as a division officer and operations department head on USS Racine (LST 1191), combat systems officer on USS O’Brien (DD 975), combat systems officer on USS Chandler (DDG 996), executive officer on USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), commanding officer on USS Barry (DDG 52), commander of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28, commander of Task Force 73/Logistics Group Western Pacific, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 and commander of the John C. Stennis Strike Group.
Assignments ashore have included service as aide to commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific Fleet; as head of the Contingency Cell and Strike Leader Attack Training Syllabus (SLATS) instructor at the Naval Strike Warfare Center; as senior member of the Commander, Navy Installations Command’s (CNIC) Initiatives Team on the special staff of the Commander In Chief, U.S. Transportation Command; as branch head for Land Attack Warfare (N864) on the Chief of Naval Operations staff; as executive assistant to commander, Atlantic Fleet/commander, Fleet Forces Command; and as commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
Quinn assumed command of USS Barry (DDG 52) in December 1995. Under his command, Barry received the Battenberg Cup as the best overall ship, aircraft carrier or submarine in the Atlantic Fleet (#1 of 177 operational units); the Arizona Memorial Trophy for best combat readiness; the Fleet-wide Golden Anchor Award for the best retention and people programs; and the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Safety Award. Barry is the only ship ever to win all these awards in the same year.
Quinn assumed command of DERON-28 in May 2000. During this tour, he deployed to the Mediterranean and served as commander, Task Force (CTF) 60. As CTF 60 he led a Joint Task Force to interdict terrorist associated shipping throughout the Mediterranean.
Quinn assumed command of Task Force 73 and Logistics Group Western Pacific in November 2003. During this tour, he led the Navy’s logistics efforts in support of Asian tsunami disaster relief and was responsible for the hospital ship Mercy Task Group during its humanitarian assistance missions throughout Southeast Asia.
Quinn assumed command of CSG-3 and John C. Stennis Strike Group in November 2005. During this tour, he led the Strike Group on a 7 and a half month deployment to the Middle East, conducting operations in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and commanding Task Force 50 and Coalition Task Force 152.
Quinn assumed command of the Naval Surface Force Atlantic in February 2008, responsible for the 27,000 Sailors and 82 surface warships in the Atlantic Fleet. He also served as the chief readiness officer of the Surface Warfare Enterprise, responsible for the overall readiness of every surface ship in the U.S. Navy.
Quinn's awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (six awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit decorations. He is also a recipient of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Shiphandler of the Year Award.