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 Capt. Whitt, a native of Columbus, Ohio, entered the Navy in June 1983, two weeks after graduating from high school. After completion of recruit training, he attended Yeoman "A" School and Basic Submarine School.

His enlisted tours include service aboard USS Memphis (SSN 691) in Norfolk, Virginia, where he qualified in submarines; on the staff of the commander-in-chief, U.S. Atlantic Command, Operations Directorate; and as the leading yeoman aboard USS Albany (SSN 753). Whitt achieved the rank of chief petty officer, and in 1994 he was commissioned as an ensign through the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program.

At sea, Whitt served as squadron secretary for Submarine Squadron 4 in Charleston, South Carolina, where he helped disestablish the squadron; ship’s secretary and educational services officer aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in Norfolk; flag secretary and executive officer of Enlisted Staff with Submarine Group 7 in Yokosuka, Japan; administrative (admin) officer aboard USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Guam, qualifying as a surface warfare officer; and admin officer aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Aboard USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), he was the first admin LDO to serve as executive officer afloat on a submarine tender; the ship deployed throughout the Pacific and the Arabian Gulf and was awarded the 2012 Battle Efficiency "Battle E" and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

His shore assignments include U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas in Guam, where he was dual-hatted as flag secretary and assistant chief of staff in Admin/Personnel (N1); the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as deputy director, Manpower and Personnel, where he also volunteered as an individual augmentee in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Multi-National Security Transition Command, Camp Phoenix, Baghdad, Iraq; U.S. Pacific Command as flag secretary to the commander; and Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee, as Executive Services branch head.

Whitt reported to his current assignment at Naval Education and Training Command as chief of staff and commanding officer of the Flag Unit in 2015.

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, a native of Freetown, Sierra Leone, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1990. Following completion of basic training in San Diego, he reported to Naval Medical Training Center, San Diego for Hospital Corpsman "A" school and then “C” school at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida. Cole later earned a Bachelor of Science from Austin Peay State University, a Master of Health Care from Webster University, and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 119), Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Capstone Course (Class 50), U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 58), and the National Defense University Keystone Course. He is designated a Master Training Specialist and is a specialist in aviation, surface and Fleet Marine Force warfare.

Cole’s early assignments include tours with Marine Aircraft Group 13, where he completed three Western Pacific deployments with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 and VMA-513 aboard USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) and USS Essex (LHD 2); Marine Aircraft Group 26 as the senior medical representative for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 261 and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, deploying aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in support of Operation Noble Obelisk in Sierra Leone; and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Iwakuni, Japan, deploying with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 212 in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Cole also served aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Green Bay (LPD 20) as the leading chief for the health services department and then command senior chief when selected to the Command Senior Chief Program.

Ashore, he took his fleet experience back to the schoolhouse as the senior instructor for the Aerospace Medicine "C" school.

Cole’s command master chief tours include time aboard USS Thach (FFG 43), completing two Western Pacific deployments; as the regional command master chief of U.S. Naval Forces Korea and Commander, Task Force 78; and with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

Cole assumed his current assignment as the Naval Education and Training Command force master chief in March 2016.

His personal decorations 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), and various unit and campaign awards.

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