Rear Admiral Matt Ott is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business with a minor in Psychology from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and commissioned through VMI’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Ott is a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a graduate of the John F. Kennedy Executive School of Government, Harvard University.
His operational assignments include aviation support division officer, USS Tarawa (LHA 1); supply officer, Pre-commissioning Unit Decatur and USS Decatur (DDG 73); and supply officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Each of his teams earned Supply Blue “E” Awards for Excellence. During Operation Unified Response, Ott served as one of the five members of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Logistics Assessment Team and as Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Team’s operations officer supporting Joint Task Force-Haiti.
His shore assignments include outfitting and grooming officer, Commander, Naval Air Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet; flag aide to the Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and 41st Chief of Supply Corps; aide to the 14th Director, DLA; aircraft depot repair officer, S-3 Viking and P-3 Orion lead logistician, and director of Industrial Support Programs, Naval Inventory Control Point Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; commanding officer, DLA Defense Supply Center Philadelphia Pacific Region; director of Aviation Operations, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; commanding officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville; chief of staff, to the Commander, NAVSUP and 48th Chief of Supply Corps.
His flag officer assignments include, special assistant for audit readiness, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller), Washington, D.C.; executive director, Operational Contract Support Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Washington, D.C; and director, Fleet Ordnance and Supply / Fleet Supply Officer (N41), U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Ott is designated as a Naval Aviation Supply Officer and a Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer. He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is a Joint Qualified Officer. Ott’s teams at NAVSUP WSS and NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville both earned the prestigious Admiral Stan Arthur Logistics Team of the Year award. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards.
Ms. Lynn M. Kohl is the vice commander of Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support (WSS). She is the senior civilian charged with supplying the fleet with the parts needed to maintain critical weapon systems, contracting for repair or purchase of items, and managing the transportation and distribution of material. She oversees a workforce of over 2700 military and civilians who process 500,000 annual demands from a $36 billion inventory in support of Navy, Marine Corps, Joint, and allied forces customers worldwide. Through her leadership, NAVSUP WSS maintains an understanding of the complexity of the Navy's end to end supply chain for weapon systems sustainment that generates over $8 billion in yearly sales. She develops a workforce that succeeds in a data-intensive, competitive environment while collaborating with acquisition program offices, Navy hardware system commands and industry.
Ms. Kohl previously served as NAVSUP chief information officer and assistant commander for NAVSUP Enterprise logistics engineering. She was selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2014.
Her previous assignments include executive director, Naval Sea Logistics Center; director, Central Design Agent, Naval Sea Systems Command Ships Maintenance and Logistics Information Systems; and product manager (PM), Navy’s Distance Support Program. As PM, she was responsible for the establishment of the Navy’s Customer Relationship Management Shared Data Environment and the implementation of the Global Distance Support Center.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters Certificate in Program Management from George Washington University. She is Acquisition Professional Development Program Level III Logistics certified.
During her career, Ms. Kohl had tenures as a logistics management specialist, supply systems analyst, and mechanical engineer. She received the Admiral Stan Arthur Award for Logistics Team of the Year in 1999. Her other awards include the Superior Civilian Service Medal in 2014 and Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Financial Management Award 2021.
A native of Camarillo, California, Captain Hill is a 2001 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA.
Captain Hill’s operational assignments include Supply Officer aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), Principal Assistant - Logistics USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), Supply Officer USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48), and Disbursing/Sales and Food Service Officer USS DULUTH (LPD 6).
Ashore, Captain Hill served as; Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Acquisition, Research & Development (ASN-RDA) - Executive Assistant, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy - Acquisition and Procurement (DASN-AP); Director of Policy and Rotary Wing Contracts, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, PA; Procuring Contracting Officer – Unmanned Aircraft Systems, NAVAIR, Patuxent River, MD; Contracting and Operations Officer (Code 200), FISC Sigonella-Detachment Bahrain; Assistant Stock Control Officer, Commander Naval Surface Forces (CNSF); and Assistant Operations Officer, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar.
Captain Hill reported back to NAVSUP WSS where he served as Director of Contracts and currently serves as Deputy Commander for Aviation.
He is a qualified Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer (SWSCO), Naval Aviation Supply Officer (NASO), Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Level I, Acquisition and Contracting Level III, and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. Hill’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3) and various other unit and service awards.
Captain Mark Rice is a native of Duncannon, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dickinson College in 1992, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993, and received his commission via Officer Candidate School in 1995. He earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2006.
His afloat and operational assignments include tours as assistant supply officer, USS Cimarron (AO 177); supply officer, USS Preble (DDG 88); and supply officer, USS Bataan (LHD 5). He also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the Coalition Naval Transition Team in Umm Qasr, Iraq.
His ashore assignments include integrated logistics support intern, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); flag aide to the Commander, NAVSEA; assistant director of logistics, Afloat Training Group Pacific; weapon systems officer, Naval Inventory Control Point; distribution operations officer, Defense Logistics Agency; deputy for Spares Policy, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; deputy assistant commander for Corporate Operations, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP); chief of staff, NAVSUP; director, Submarine and Aircraft Carrier Operations, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support; commanding officer, Naval Sea Logistics Center; and a second tour as chief of staff, NAVSUP.
He is a qualified Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer and Naval Aviation Supply Officer, as well as a Joint Qualified Officer and a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
Personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, among unit and campaign commendations.
Master Chief Chris Fitzgerald is a native of Jacksonville, NC. He enlisted in the Navy in April of 1993 as a Ship's Serviceman. He attended Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL, followed by SH "A" School in Meridian, MS.
Master Chief Fitzgerald's sea duty assignments include USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), Yokosuka, Japan; USS CIMARRON (AO-177), Pearl Harbor, HI; USS EMORY S. LAND (AS-39), La Maddalena, Italy; USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG-93, plankowner), Pearl Harbor, HI; and USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76), San Diego, CA. His shore assignments include Recruiting Duty at NRD San Francisco and Instructor Duty at Naval Technical Training Center, Meridian, MS. His initial Command Master Chief tour was on USS CARTER HALL (LSD-50) in Little Creek, VA from August 2012- July 2014.
His next Command Master Chief tour was onboard USS ANTIETAM (CG-54) in Yokosuka, Japan from July 2014-June 2017.
He then served as the Command Master Chief for the Commander of NAVSUP Global Logistics Support in San Diego from June 2017-April 2018, where he led the command through a challenging disestablishment process.
He reported as the Command Master Chief for Commander, Navy Region Southwest in April of 2018, and detached in October of 2020.
He next served as the Command Master Chief of Naval Station Mayport, FL from October of 2020 until December of 2022.
He reported as the 3rd Command Master Chief of Naval Supply Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) in Philadelphia, PA on January 4th, 2023.
Master Chief Fitzgerald's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards) and various other unit and campaign awards. He is qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Master Training Specialist, and Afloat Training Specialist.
Master Chief Fitzgerald earned his Associates of Arts degree from East Mississippi Junior College, Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Management from Excelsior College, and Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University, and is a graduate of the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 152 Gold), and CMC/COB capstone course. He also attended MCPON’s Executive Leadership Symposium (ELS) in 2017 and the Navy Senior Leader Seminar (NSLS) in 2020.
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