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USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44)

Captain Timothy C. Kuehhas Commanding Officer

CAPT Timothy Kuehhas, a native of Sayville, New York, graduated from the University of Dallas in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1988 through Aviation Officer Candidate School. After completing flight training at VT-10 in Pensacola, Florida, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer and transferred to the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron, VAQ-129, at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, where he trained to become an Electronic Countermeasures Officer (ECMO). From November 1990 to December 1993, CAPT Kuehhas served with the “Yellow Jackets” of VAQ-138. During this period he received EA-6B Mission Commander and NATOPS Instructor qualifications. CAPT Kuehhas made two deployments with VAQ-138 onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

In January 1994, CAPT Kuehhas reported to VAQ-129 where he served as Assistant Instructional Systems Department Head, Standards Officer, NATOPS Evaluator, Carrier Qualification Instructor and Electronic Warfare Instructor.

CAPT Kuehhas served with VAQ-129 until May 1996 when he transferred to Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group EIGHT / EISENHOWER Battle Group as Electronic Warfare Officer. In August 1997, CAPT Kuehhas became the Battle Group Flag Lieutenant and made a deployment onboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation DELIBERATE FORGE and to the Arabian Gulf supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

CAPT Kuehhas transferred to the Naval Command and Staff College in March 1999 where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

In November 2000, CAPT Kuehhas reported to VAQ-142 where he served as Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer. He deployed with the “Gray Wolves” to Prince Sultan Air Base to support Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and to Incirlick, Turkey to support Operation NORTHERN WATCH.

From July 2002 to May 2004, CAPT Kuehhas served as an Action Officer on the Joint Staff in the J6 Directorate, Spectrum Branch. He also served as Primary Briefer to the Joint Staff Directors.

In August 2004, CAPT Kuehhas began his command tour with the VAQ-132 “Scorpions” where he deployed in USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Additionally, he led VAQ-132 on two expeditionary deployments, to Iwakuni, Japan, in January 2006, and to Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, in February 2007, supporting Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The Scorpions were awarded the 2007 Battle Efficiency Award.

CAPT Kuehhas reported to Chief of Naval Operations staff, N88, in July 2007 where he served as EA-6B and EA-18G Requirements Officer until April of 2008, when he reported to Navy Nuclear Power Training Command. He subsequently served aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) as Executive Officer from October 2009 to November 2012.

CAPT Kuehhas is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars), the Air Medal (fourth Strike/Flight Award), the Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), the Joint Achievement Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two gold stars) and other organization and personal awards. Additionally, he was named by the Association of Naval Aviation as their 1995 Distinguished Naval Flight Officer of the Year.

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