CAPTAIN VERNON P. KEMPER, USN
OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT
Captain Kemper, a native of Festus, Missouri, graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He was commissioned in November 1986 following completion of Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. His sea-going assignments have included duty aboard both attack and ballistic missile submarines in the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet: division officer tours aboard USS GLENARD P LIPSCOMB (SSN 685) and USS FINBACK (SSN 670), duty as the Navigator and Engineer Officer onboard USS JAMES K POLK (SSN 645), and assignment as Executive Officer aboard USS NEBRASKA (SSBN 739) (BLUE).
His shore assignments have included duty on the staff of the U.S. JOINT FORCES COMMAND in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as Maritime Operations Officer, and Navy Personnel Command, where he served as Assistant Director of the Center for Career Development. From April 2005 to June 2006, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander of COMSUBRON SEVENTEEN, where he was responsible for the training and readiness of eleven submarine crews.
He served as Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Support Center, Bangor from June 2006 to October 2008, providing maintenance, logistics, administrative, legal, medical and religious programs support to over 4,000 Sailors in 22 submarine crews assigned to the PACNORWEST Region. Following his command tour, Captain Kemper served as the Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Representative at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where he was responsible directly to the Force Commander for the training and readiness of the propulsion plant and propulsion watchstanders of SUBPAC nuclear submarines and submarine tenders undergoing modernization or overhaul.
Captain Kemper assumed command of Officer Training Command, Newport on 24 February 2012. The command is responsible for the training and development of approximately 3300 officers per year and includes: Officer Candidate School, Officer Development School, Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course, Limited Duty Officer/Warrant Officer Indoctrination School, and the Naval Science Institute.
Captain Kemper also holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he was designated a Conrad Scholar and received the 1993 Department of Defense Award for Excellence in Financial Management.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (5 awards) and various campaign awards.