Rear Adm. (ret) Curtis A. Kemp graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in June 1972 and was commissioned an Ensign. He later earned a Master's degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. His sea duty assignments include division officer duties in USS Parsons (DDG 33); Executive Officer in USS Moctobi (ATF 105); Operations Officer in USS Francis Hammond (FF 1067); Engineer Officer in USS Wabash (AOR 5); Executive Officer in USS Sellers (DDG 11); and Commanding Officer of USS Fife (DD 991). Forward deployed to the Seventh Fleet, USS Fife participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, launching more Tomahawk missile strikes than any other U.S. Navy ship. Fife was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E," as well as the Spokane Trophy for outstanding combat readiness and warfare operations. Additionally, Kemp commanded Destroyer Squadron Five, served as Chief of Staff for Commander, Seventh Fleet, and commanded Cruiser Destroyer Group Two/George Washington Battle Group. Kemp served ashore in the Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) on the Joint Staff; in OPNAV (N3/N5) as Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations for JCS matters; as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; as Program Executive Officer for Mine and Undersea Warfare; as Director for Warfare Requirements for CINCLANTFLT/CFFC. Kemp's final assignment was as President, Board of Inspection and Survey. Kemp's personal awards include the Legion of Merit (six awards); the Bronze Star Medal (with Combat "V"); the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal; and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.