BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Rear Admiral C. Kenneth Carodine
Director, Navy Business Operations Office
Rear Adm. Carodine assumed duties as the director, Navy Business Operations Office in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N4R) in July 2012.
Carodine comes to OPNAV from a two-year assignment as deputy commander, Navy Warfare Development Command headquartered in Norfolk, Va. In this capacity, he developed a comprehensive overhaul of the Navy Lessons Learned System and implemented a project management methodology to improve command effectiveness.
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 at Dallas. He affiliated with the Navy Reserve (NR) in 1989 and mobilized in 1990 with NR Carrier Group 770 to support Carrier Group Seven/Battle Force Zulu. During combat operations, he served as the Force Over-the-Horizon Track coordinator during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm in USS Ranger (CV 61) in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
His numerous 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).
Prior to his selection to flag rank, Carodine served an information technology executive for several large health care insurance companies. 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 world.