Naval Education and Training Command
Rear Admiral Kyle J. Cozad
Commander, Naval Education and Training Command

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Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Physics. He earned a Master of Science in National Resource Management, graduating with distinction, from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School, formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). He also attended the Navy Corporate Business Course at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Cozad’s operational Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) tours span all four MPR sites, including Patrol Squadron (VP) 23, Brunswick, Maine; VP-9, Barbers Point and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; command of VP-40, Whidbey Island, Washington; and command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, Jacksonville, Florida. Cozad has served extensively as an instructor pilot in multiple operational tours and completed two tours with VP-30, the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron, and one with the Canadian Air Force’s 404 Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, as a CP-140 exchange instructor pilot.

His shore tours include Navy Personnel Command as aviation commander and captain detailer; commanding officer, staff enlisted personnel; and executive assistant to the commander. He served as the 22nd Senior Director of the White House Situation Room and as a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Fellow on the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group (XXXII).

As a flag officer, Cozad has previously been assigned as vice deputy director, Regional, Force Management and Future Operations (J-35), The Joint Staff in Norfolk, Virginia; commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo; and commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group and Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific in Norfolk.

Cozad became the 19th commander of the Naval Education and Training Command on July 20, 2017.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards). He received the Admiral William F. Bringle Award for inspirational leadership during his tour as a flight deck officer and catapult and arresting gear officer aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

John R. Jones
Executive Director, Naval Education and Training Command

High resolution photo of John R. Jones Mr. John Jones, a native of the United Kingdom, immigrated to the United States in 1977, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and later became a U.S. citizen in 1986. Commissioned as a limited duty officer (LDO) in 1988, he concluded his active-duty career at the rank of captain after 37 years of service. Jones holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Business Management.

Ashore, Jones served enlisted tours at Recruit Training Command Orlando and Naval Military Personnel Command, Washington, D.C. As an LDO, he served as administrative and personnel officer at U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, where he won the Navy Europe Officer Inspirational Leadership Award; detailer for three officer communities and then assistant community manager for 6,000 LDOs and chief warrant officers (CWO) at Bureau of Naval Personnel; concurrent officer in charge of Personnel Support Detachments Little Creek, Portsmouth and Yorktown, Virginia; headquarters commandant for U.S. Joint Forces Command, extensively involved with the post-9/11 establishment of the Homeland Security Command; branch head at Navy Personnel Command for the surface LDO detailers and for executive services, assigning personal staffs to all admirals and senior government executives, including the president; final commanding officer for the Joint Maritime Facility, the last U.S. Navy-U.K. command (U.S. Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy), a major shore command dedicated to Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems; community manager for the LDO/CWO community, guiding a first-ever extensive top-down review; and chief of staff for Naval Education and Training Command.

His at-sea assignments included enlisted tours with Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, USS Holland (AS 32) and USS Hunley (AS 31); personnel officer and ship's secretary, qualifying as a surface warfare officer, aboard USS New Jersey (BB 62) for her last deployment through decommissioning; and administrative officer, while also serving as command duty officer (underway), aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), deploying in support of Operations Allied Force and Noble Anvil in Kosovo followed by Operation Southern Watch over Iraq.

Following retirement from active duty, Jones entered federal civil service in 2016 as the executive director for the Center for Information Warfare Training. In July 2017, he assumed his current assignment as executive director, Naval Education and Training Command.

Captain Mike Whitt
United States Navy
Naval Education and Training Command

Captain Mike Whitt Captain Mike Whitt, a native of Columbus, Ohio entered the Navy in June 1983, two weeks after graduating from high school. After completion of Recruit Training, Yeoman "A" School, and Basic Submarine School, he reported to the USS Memphis (SSN 691) in Norfolk, Va. While onboard he was Qualified in Submarines. In 1988 he transferred to the Staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command, Operations Directorate. Following this tour he returned to sea as the Leading Yeoman onboard USS Albany (SSN 753) in 1991. While assigned to the Albany he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

In 1994 Whitt was commissioned as an ensign through the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) program and transferred to Submarine Squadron Four in Charleston, SC as the Squadron Secretary. After completing the disestablishment of the squadron, he transferred to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in Norfolk, Va. where he served as Ship’s Secretary and Educational Services Officer. Next he reported to Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas in Guam where he was dual-hatted as Flag Secretary and Assistant Chief of Staff in Admin/Personnel (N1). Next assignment was on the staff of Commander, Submarine Group Seven in Yokosuka, Japan where he served as Flag Secretary and Executive Officer Enlisted Staff. In 2002 he reported to USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Guam where he served as Admin Officer. While onboard he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander and qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer.

From 2004 to 2007, he served as Deputy Director, Manpower and Personnel on the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. During this tour, he also volunteered to serve as an individual augmentee in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Multi-National Security Transition Command, Camp Phoenix, Baghdad, Iraq from Oct. 2004 to April 2005. His next assignment was as the Admin Officer onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) from 2007 to 2010, where he was promoted to commander. He then served as Flag Secretary to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command from 2010 to 2011.

Whitt reported onboard USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) as the first Admin LDO to serve as Executive Officer afloat onboard a submarine tender from 2011 to 2012. While assigned as XO, the LAND deployed throughout the Pacific and the Persian Gulf, and was awarded the 2012 Battle Efficiency "Battle E" and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. Whitt then served as Executive Services Branch Head, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tenn. In 2015 he reported to current assignment as the Chief of Staff and Commanding Officer Flag Unit, Naval Education and Training Command where he was also promoted to Captain.

His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals, and various other campaign and service awards.

FORCE Master Chief(AW/SW/FMF) Mamudu K. Cole
United States Navy
Naval Education and Training Command

FORCE Master Chief(AW/SW/FMF) Mamudu K. Cole Master Chief Cole is a native of Freetown, Sierra Leone. On Dec. 17, 1990, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended basic training in San Diego, followed by Hospital Corpsman "A" school at Naval Medical Training Center, San Diego. He next attended “C” School at the Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Fla., prior to reporting to Marine Aircraft Group 13 in Yuma. Ariz. During this tour, Cole completed three Western Pacific deployments with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 and VMA-513 onboard USS Belleauwood (LHA-3) and USS Essex (LHD-2). Cole also served with Marine Aircraft Group 26 in Jacksonville, N.C., as the senior medical representative for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 261 and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU). During this tour, he deployed onboard USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in support of Operation Noble Obelisk in Sierra Leone. In 1998 he reported to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) in Iwakuni, Japan and deployed with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 212 (VMFA-212) in support of Operation Noble Eagle.

Taking his fleet experience back to the schoolhouse, he next served as the senior instructor for the Aerospace Medicine "C" school.

2005 Cole reported to the Pre-Commissioning Detachment Green Bay (LPD-20) as the Leading Chief for the Health Services Department. In 2007 he was selected to the Command Senior Chief program (CMDCS) and served his remaining tour on Green Bay as the CMDCS. Other fleet assignments include serving as the Command Master Chief of USS Thach (FFG-43) completing two Western Pacific deployments, and as the Regional Command Master Chief U.S. Naval Forces Korea and Commander Task Force (CTF) 78.

He returned to Pensacola in 2012 as Command Master Chief of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – Blue Angels.

Cole’s a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 119), CMC/COB Capstone Course (Class 50), the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 58), and the National Defense University Keystone Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Austin Peay State University, a Master of Health Care from Webster University, and is currently a PhD candidate in organizational leadership at Northcentral University.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards), Master Training Specialist, and various unit and campaign awards.

Master Chief Cole assumed his current assignment as the Naval Education and Training Command Force Master Chief in March 2016.

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