Admiral Ken Carodine
Rear Admiral Ken Carodine is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Texas in 1994.
He was one the first in his Naval Academy class to qualify as a Surface Warfare Officer. He served as Operations Officer in USS IMPERVIOUS (MSO-449) and as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Weapons Officer in USS JESSE L. BROWN (FF-1089). His deployments include 6 months in the Mediterranean Sea conducting Anti-Submarine Operations against Soviet submarines and 3 months conducting Drug Interdiction and Enforcement Operations.
Carodine affiliated with the Navy Reserve (NR) in 1989 and mobilized in 1990 with Carrier Group Seven. During Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm combat operations he served as a Battle Force Watch Captain directing aircraft in the prosecution of enemy patrol boats, and as the Force Over-the-Horizon Track coordinator preventing friendly-fire incidents in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
Rear Admiral Carodine obtained his first command at the rank of Lieutenant. His command tours include: NR Sealift Logistics Command, Atlantic; Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Port Units 112 & 113; NR USS Princeton (CG 59); NR Mine Warfare Command Detachment 109; and NR USS Sentry (MCM 3).
Carodine was promoted to Rear Admiral in February 2010. His flag officer assignments include standing up the Navy Business Operations Office in the Navy Headquarters in the Pentagon, and a two-year assignment as Commander and Deputy Commander of the Navy Warfare Development Command (the Navy’s Warfare Research and Development Laboratory) headquartered in Norfolk, VA. He conducted multiple public relations events, to include television and radio appearances in Chicago and Dallas.
Prior to his selection to flag rank, Carodine served an information technology executive for several large health care insurance companies to include United Healthcare and Health Care Service Corporation, the parent organization for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, and New Mexico. His information technology background spans application development, database management, and analytics.
Carodine is also a published fiction author. Working under the pen name of Ken Carodine, he writes novels centered on naval personnel and technology in today's dynamic world.
Rear Admiral Carodine retired from the US Navy in October 2013.