Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz is a native of Orange County, California, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1982 as a machinist’s mate. After a tour onboard the USS Nassau (LHA 4), he earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and received a commission through the Naval ROTC program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a Master of Science in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Military Art and Science in Strategy from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He was also a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI Fellow.
Kreitz has also served at sea on USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) prior to commanding the USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) where his crew interdicted nearly 20 metric tons of cocaine during two counter narco-terrorism operations deployments. He also commanded USS New York (LPD 21) for her maiden deployment, earning a Battle ‘E’ Award and the 2013 Atlantic Fleet Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award as the most battle ready ship in the Atlantic Fleet.
Ashore, he has served as a branch head and as the executive assistant to the director for manpower, personnel and administration at Headquarters, Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. He has served three tours on the staff of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV), once as a branch head for the director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86) and twice in the Office of the Chief of Navy Reserve (OPNAV N095) including duty as executive assistant to the chief of Navy Reserve. He served as the chief of staff and senior military assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs and the assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He also served as the executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs.
Kreitz’ first flag officer tour was as the 66th president, Board of Inspection and Survey, where he was responsible for assessing the material readiness of the fleet.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, as well as other individual, unit and campaign awards.