Posted by: arbeam | December 13, 2012

Welcome Aboard! Rear Admiral Dietrich H. Kuhlmann Commander, Submarine Group NINE

Rear Admiral Dietrich H. Kuhlmann Commander,Submarine Group NINE

Rear Admiral Dietrich H. Kuhlmann Commander,
Submarine Group NINE

Rear Admiral Kuhlmann is the Commander of Submarine Group 9, headquartered at Naval Base Kitsap, Silverdale, WA. He is responsible for the readiness, training, logistical, administrative and personnel support of all U.S. Ballistic Missile (SSBN) and Guided Missile (SSGN) submarines in the Pacific Northwest. He assumed duty as Commander, Submarine Group 9 on December 12, 2012.

Rear Admiral Kuhlmann was most recently assigned as the Director, Operations Division, ASN(FM&C), FMB-1/Fiscal Management Division, N821.

Rear Admiral Kuhlmann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, receiving his commission in 1983. He earned a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Catholic University in 1995, and later served as an associate fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group XVII and a fellow on Seminar XXI.

His first submarine assignment was in USS Florida (SSBN 728) (Gold) serving as electrical officer, damage control assistant and tactical systems officer during five strategic deterrent patrols. After completion of the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in 1990, he reported as the combat systems officer in USS Guitarro (SSN 665). As Guitarro began decommissioning, he transferred in January 1992 to the staff of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Five, where he served as submarine operations officer during a deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. In 1996, he reported as executive officer of USS Boston (SSN 703) and completed deployments to the Northern Atlantic and Eastern Pacific.

Rear Admiral Kuhlmann served as commanding officer of USS Michigan (SSBN 727) (Gold) from November 2000 to November 2003, completing five strategic deployment patrols which resulted in his crew earning three Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) awards. Almost four years later, following Michigan’s conversion to an SSGN, he was privileged to complete his major command assignment on Michigan (Blue) during the ship’s first deployment to the Western Pacific.

His shore tours include cryptologic field and direct support officer on the staff of the Commander, Pacific Fleet; Research and Development and Major Defense Acquisition Program analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (N80); executive officer of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team on the staff of commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet; deputy director for Investment and Development for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller); and deputy chief, Capabilities and Acquisition Division, J8. Following major command, he returned to the Joint Staff, J8, as Chief, Program and Budget Analysis Division (PBAD).

Rear Admiral Kuhlmann is entitled to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and other individual and unit decorations.

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