CDR Kevin Christenson hails from Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic School and enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1988. Christenson completed the Naval Nuclear Power pipeline and was detailed as a submarine nuclear propulsion operator. After his first sea tour, Christenson was selected for instructor duty at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Orlando, Florida. In 1995 while on instructor duty, he was selected for the enlisted commissioning program. Christenson graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida and was commission as an ensign in May 2000. In May 2008, CDR Christenson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida.
At sea, CDR Christenson has served on ships and air squadrons in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets with deployed operations in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea, and Western Pacific areas of operation. His sea assignments include Engineering Watch Supervisor on the USS Michigan (SSBN 727). During his first operational flight tour with Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light Four Four – the world famous Swamp Foxes, he served as Air Detachment Training Officer on the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58); Air Detachment Maintenance Officer on the USS Churchill (DDG 81); Air Detachment Maintenance Officer on the USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and HSL 44’s Squadron Quality Assurance Officer. While attached to the Vipers of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light Four Eight, he served as Air Boss on USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) and HSL-48’s Squadron Operations Officer.
Christenson’s assignments ashore include Naval History and Ethics Instructor at the University of Florida; Tomahawk mission planner and Deputy Joint Strike Officer at COMUSNAVCENT; Navy Region Southeast’s Deputy Operations Officer; Executive Assistant to Commander, Navy Region Southeast; NSA Bahrain’s Executive Officer; Naval Surface Warfare Center-Panama City Division’s Executive Officer. On March 19, 2019 CDR Christenson became the eighth commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Panama City.
CDR Christenson is a shore installation management community officer. His personal decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, an Air Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit citations and campaign medals.