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Master Chief Kitchens, a native of Lakeland, Florida, entered the U.S. Navy in 1989, attending recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL.

 

His sea duty assignments included: Third Marine Division; USS Nicholas (FFG 47); Assault Craft Unit TWO; USS Oak Hill (LSD 51); Helicopter Combat Squadron TWO TWO; Riverine Squadron THREE.

 

His shore duty assignments included: corpsman “A” school, Great Lakes, IL; field medical service school, Camp LeJeune, NC; Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA; independent duty corpsman “C” school, Portsmouth, VA; Afloat Training Group Atlantic, Coastal Riverine Group TWO; force master chief at Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and is currently serving as command master chief, Navy Recruiting District Dallas, TX. 

 

His personal awards include: Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Second Award); Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Fifth Award); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Second Award) and numerous campaign and unit awards.

 

Master Chief Kitchens is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and The National Defense University Keystone course.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science degree in emergency and disaster management from Trident University.
 
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