Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rear Adm. Dietrich H. Kuhlmann graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983.
Kuhlmann’s operational tours include: commander, USS Michigan (SSGN 727); commander, USS Michigan (SSBN 727); executive officer of USS Boston (SSN 703); submarine operations officer Cruiser Destroyer Group 5; combat systems officer USS Guitarro (SSN 665); and electrical officer, damage control assistant and tactical systems officer USS Florida (SSBN 728) (Gold).
Kuhlmann’s shore tours include: deputy director for Resources and Acquisition, J-8; commander, Submarine Group 9; director, Operations Division, ASN(FM&C), FMB-1/Fiscal Management Division (N821); chief, Program and Budget Analysis Division Joint Staff, J8; deputy chief, Capabilities and Acquisition Division, J8; deputy director for Investment and Development for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller); executive officer of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team on the staff of commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet; Research and Development and Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) analyst on the staff of the chief of naval operations (N80); and cryptologic field and direct support officer on the staff of the commander, Pacific Fleet.
Kuhlmann holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Catholic University, and served as an associate fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group XVII and a fellow on Seminar XXI.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and other individual and unit decorations.