Commander Kevin P. Kreutz is a native of Phoenix, AZ. After graduating high school in 1999, he attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Great Neck, NY where he received a BS in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation.
In July of 2003, he took a direct commission into the Navy and reported to flight training onboard NAS Whiting Field, FL. He completed his Advanced Flight Training at Vance AFB, OK and earned his “Wings of Gold” as a Naval Pilot in November, 2004. After initial E-6B “Mercury” training at VQ-7 in Oklahoma City, OK, he was stationed at Tinker AFB as a member of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE “Ironmen.” During his time with VQ-3, CDR Kreutz completed deployments throughout the United States, Europe, and Qatar in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While with VQ-3 he served as a Maintenance Division Officer, Legal Officer, Flight Officer, Schedules Officer, and Lead NATOPS Instructor Pilot. He was fully qualified in the E-6B as an Aircraft Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot.
CDR Kreutz departed VQ-3 in February 2010 and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL. At the completion of his T-6A Texan II training in May 2010, he was assigned to the “Wildcats” of VT-10 at NAS Pensacola, FL. While attached, he flew more than 1150 hours in the Texan II while training the future Naval Flight Officers of both the U.S. and Allied Navies. At VT-10 he served as a NATOPS Officer, Flight Officer, and Schedules Officer and qualified as a VNAV and Form Instructor Pilot.
CDR Kreutz departed VT-10 in April 2013 and reported to USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Yokosuka, Japan where he served as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer. While attached, he completed two full CVN deployments in the 7th Fleet AOR and was responsible for the safe launch and recovery of more than 15,000 tactical Carrier Air Wing FIVE sorties. Onboard the USS George Washington he served as the Waist Catapult Division Officer, V-3 Division Officer, and “TOPCAT”, and qualified as a Mini Boss.
In August of 2015, CDR Kreutz reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE for his Department Head Tour, where he served as the Detachment Officer in Charge at Travis AFB and was responsible for 165 detachment personnel and more than 400 transient aircrew. In August of 2018, he reported to U.S. Seventh Fleet to serve as the Dynamic Fires Operations Officer onboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). CDR Kreutz has accumulated more than 2,000 hours in the E-6B and over 1100 hours in the T-6A. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and numerous campaign and unit citations.