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Terry B. Kraft
Kraft, as commanding officer of USS Ronald Reagan, throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a May 2007 San Diego Padres baseball game honoring the ship.
Education U.S. Naval Academy,
Auburn University
Occupation Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Terry B. Kraft is a Rear Admiral of the United States Navy, currently commanding the Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a Naval Flight Officer whose previous commands include Electronic Attack Squadron 131 (VAQ-131), USS Shreveport (LPD-12), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).


Kraft is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy; he earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from Auburn University and is a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power School.[1] He was a federal executive fellow at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1999–2000).


Kraft, Commanding Officer of USS Ronald Reagan, interviewed in January 2007.

Kraft 's sea duty tours include the following:

He also served as executive officer on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). During those tours, he participated in Operations El Dorado Canyon, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Kraft commanded Electronic Attack Squadron 131, Amphibious Transport Dock USS Shreveport (LPD-12), the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), and the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG-12). He participated in both OIF and OEF during all four tours. He assumed command of Navy Warfare Development Command in October 2011.

Shore tours for Kraft have included duty in VA-128, Air Command and Staff College, Current Operations Directorate (J31), U.S. Pacific Command, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts. After flag selection, he reported to the Pentagon, Chief of Naval Operations staff, first in N88 as head of Maritime Aviation, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Aviation Training Plans and Programs, then in N2/N6 as director, ISR Capabilities.

As of 2011, Kraft has over 3700 hours and 1000 carrier arrested landings in the A-6E, EA-6B and F/A-18F aircraft.[1]

Awards and decorations[]

As of 2011, Kraft is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit with three gold stars, Distinguished Flying Cross (with combat V), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars and multiple individual and strike-flight Air Medals.[1]


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