Captain Kevin P. Lenox is a 1990 graduate of Duke University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and was commissioned through the NROTC unit.
Captain Lenox assumed command of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Jan 12, 2017.
He was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1990 and his initial assignment was to NAS North Island, CA with the "Eightballers" of HS-8 embarked on USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). Flying SH-60F and MH-60H, he completed two deployments and served in numerous junior officer billets. Returning to sea duty in April 1998, Captain Lenox reported to the Carrier Air Wing FIVE staff in Atsugi, Japan. In December 2001 he reported to HS-4 "Black Knights" where he completed a 9-month deployment on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) and flew numerous combat sorties in the opening days of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In December 2006, he reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron SEVEN as Executive Officer. Nine months later he assumed command. During his CO tour, the "Dusty Dogs" completed a 7-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf which included 13 rescues, small boat defense in the Strait of Hormuz, defense of Iraqi Oil platforms and logistics support to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. At home the "Dusty Dogs" provided helicopter rescue support for hurricanes Gustav and Ike. He reported to USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) as Executive Officer in September 2010. During this tour, REAGAN was first on the scene for Operation Tomodachi providing support to Japan in the wake of 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami. Captain Lenox commanded USS Denver (LPD 9) in Sasebo, Japan from October 2012 to October 2013.
Shore Duty Assigments include flight instructor at HS-10 (1996-98); U.S. Naval War College where he graduated with distinction and earned and M.A. in Strategic Studies (2000-2001); Naval Air Systems Command where he was the team lead for Navy Helicopter Weapon Systems (2004-2006); Navy Nuclear Power training where he graduated with honors (2009-2010); and Director, JFCC Space Missile Warning Center inside Cheyenne Mountain, CO.
Captain Lenox's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards, 1 combat "V") and the Navy Acheivement Medal (2 awards, along with various unit and campaign awards).