Captain Kevin Pickard

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Captain Kevin “Kepper” Pickard Jr. graduated in 1996 from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in English (with Merit).  Following flight training, he was designated a naval aviator in April 1998.  In 2006, he was one of only seven officers selected into the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Planning Program and subsequently earned a master’s degree in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In 2021, he completed Joint Professional Military Education II from the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Command and Warfighting School.
Captain Pickard currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Navy Region Northwest and recently had the honor of serving as the Commanding Officer for Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, where his team was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for its contribution to Operation Allies Refuge.  He has also commanded the “Vigilant Eagles” of Helicopter Training Squadron Eighteen at Naval Air Station Whiting Field.  Additional assignments ashore include tours as Senior Military Advisor in the Office of Counterproliferation Initiatives (Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation) at the Department of State, where he was awarded the Department of State Superior Honor Award, and as the Director of Aviation Training Systems on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
His assignments at sea include tours in Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Four in Sigonella, Italy, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven in San Diego, California, Flag Lieutenant (aide-de-camp) for commander Carrier Strike Group Two embarked in USS Theodore Roosevelt, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Twenty-Five in Guam, Executive Officer for the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment in Basrah, Iraq, and as Ship’s Navigator aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.  During his operational tours, he completed multiple deployments to Europe, the Pacific, and the Middle East and supported Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve. 
Captain Pickard has flown more than 4,200 hours in TH-57, HH-1N, MH-53E, and MH-60S helicopters and the C-26D Metroliner.  His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal (Strike/Flight 3), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

Last Updated: 2 August 2022

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