Uss Colorado Submarine Association

Command Leadership

 

 CAPT Jason M. Geddes

 COMMANDING OFFICER

 USS COLORADO (SSN 788)

 

Captain Geddes grew up in Indianapolis, IN and enlisted in the Navy as a Nuclear Electronics Technician in May 1990.  He was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program while serving as a Reactor Operator Staff Instructor at prototype in Charleston, SC and attended North Carolina State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1997.  He received his commission upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL.  He also earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University and Master’s Degree in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

His tours at sea have been on board USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730), USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757) and USS MEMPHIS (SSN 691).  These assignments resulted in deployments to the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Southern Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean and five Pacific Ocean strategic deterrent patrols.  He was named the Submarine Squadron Seventeen Junior Officer of the Year for 2001.

He commanded the USS NEBRASKA (SSBN 739) from October 2014 to August 2018, completing an Engineered Refueling Overhaul, Demonstration and Shakedown Operations to include launching two D-5 test missiles, numerous return to service inspections, and the ship’s first strategic deterrent patrol in over four years.

His assignments ashore include Instructor and Midshipman Advisor for Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at North Carolina State University, Instructor and Navigator for Naval Submarine School, Section Head for Submarine Tactical Systems Modernization on the staff of the Director for Undersea Warfare (N97) and Deputy Commander to Submarine Squadron Four.

Captain Geddes resides in Groton, CT with his wife, Jodi, and daughter, Siena.

 

 

 LCDR Kenneth M. Kirkwood       
 EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 USS COLORADO (SSN 788) 

  

 

Lieutenant Commander Kirkwood is a native of Waynesboro, Mississippi.  He was selected for the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University, and commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 2005.

 LCDR Kirkwood’s sea tours included USS PASADENA (SSN 752) where he completed two Western Pacific deployments, CARRIER STRIKE GROUP ONE (CSG 1) where he completed one deployment to the Central Command Area of Responsibility, and PCU OREGON (SSN 798).  He served as Engineer Officer onboard USS NORTH CAROLINA (SSN 777) where he completed two Western Pacific deployments and the ship earned the 2015 Battle Efficiency “E” in SUBMARINE SQUARDON ONE (CSS 1).  

Ashore, LCDR Kirkwood served as a Naval Science Instructor at Boston Naval ROTC Consortium where he earned a Master of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering and as the Submarine Officer Advanced Course Director at Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT.

LCDR Kirkwood’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Five Awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Two Awards).  He was also the recipient of the 2015 Naval Submarine League Charles A. Lockwood Award for Submarine Professional Excellence.

 ETRCM (SS) Larry E. “Chip” Alger
 CHIEF OF THE BOAT

 USS COLORADO (SSN 788) 

 

Master Chief Alger was born in Harrisonburg, VA and entered the Navy in February of 1995.  Upon completion of recruit training at Great Lakes, IL and Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) in Groton, CT, he attended Radioman “A” school.

His first operational command was onboard USS HELENA (SSN-725) in Pearl Harbor, HI where he completed his Submarine Warfare qualification, two WESTPAC deployments, and one EASTPAC Deployment.  After two changes of homeports to Portsmouth, NH and San Diego, CA, he attended Electronics Technician “C” schools in Groton, CT, and transferred in March 2000 to Naval Submarine Support Facility in Groton, CT. In September, 2003, he reported to USS SAN JUAN (SSN-751), completing two CENTCOM deployments while serving as the Communications Division LPO and in 2006 was selected to Chief Petty Officer.

In 2008, he reported to USS SPRINGFIELD (SSN-761) as the Navigation/Operations Department Enlisted Advisor (NODEA), qualifying DOOW and completing one CENTCOM deployment and Selective Refit Availability (SRA).  In 2011, he reported to Submarine Surveillance Equipment Program Atlantic (SSEP LANT) and served as the Electronic Equipment Groom LCPO.  He then reported to USS PROVIDENCE (SSN-719) as the NODEA in February, 2014, where he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and completed one CENTCOM/EUCOM deployment and Pre-Inactivation Refit Availability (PIRA). During his tour, he completed a EUCOM deployment onboard USS NEW HAMPSHIRE (SSN-778), where he qualified PILOT.

In 2017, he reported to Commander, Submarine Squadron Four (CSS-4) to serve on staff as the Communications Assistant, where he completed his Chief of the Boat qualifications and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy Senior Enlisted Leadership Course with Honors.  After being advanced to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, he completed the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Capstone Course in Newport, RI en route to relieving in October, 2018 as Chief of the Boat onboard USS COLORADO (SSN-788).

Master Chief Alger proudly wears the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (eight awards), and numerous unit and campaign awards.  He resides in Plainfield, CT with his wife and two sons.

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