CDR John Jacob Kitt was born in Nebraska, but grew-up in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1998 with a B.A. in history. He received his commission on November 3, 2000 from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
CDR Kitt’s afloat tours include: First Lieutenant/Boarding Officer on USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60), Auxiliaries Officer for USS TARAWA (LHA 1), Chief Engineer onboard USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), and Materials/Logistics Officer at COMPHIBRON FOUR embarked onboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3). He also served in an Individual Augmentation to JTF-515 in 7th Fleet, as the future Operations/Training Officer. Most recently, he was Executive Officer Special Mission as the C5I Officer aboard USS ESSEX (LHD 2).
Ashore, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School, where he received a M.A. in National Security Affairs, and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I. He also completed an Action Officer assignment in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).
Personal decorations include three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, one Joint Achievement Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and numerous deployment and unit and service awards.
CDR Kitt is currently the Executive Officer at the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard.
He is married to Ellen Kitt.