Holston Army Ammunition Plant

Joseph R. Kennedy

Joseph R. Kennedy serves as the commander’s representative at Holston Army Ammunition Plant. Prior to his selection as commander’s representative, Kennedy was the chief engineer for solvent based propellant for Alliant Techsystems at Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, Va., from November 2008 until January 2010.

Prior to his role at Radford AAP, Kennedy retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in December 2007.

He began his career in 1977 after being commissioned into the United States Marine Corps. At completion of naval flight school in 1979, he was designated a naval aviator and reported aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River serving with HML-167 (Marine Light Helicopter Squadron), HMM-264 (Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron), MABS-29 (Marine Air Base Squadron), and HMLA-269 (Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron) where he served in a variety of billets and participated in numerous Atlantic Fleet deployments and NATO exercises

In December 1983, Kennedy transitioned from active service to the Marine Corps Reserve.

Kennedy began his civilian career as a design engineer analyst for Sikorsky Aircraft. From 1987 to 2003, he was employed by Tyco Electronics culminating his career as manager of product management for the radio frequency products division.

In 2003, he accepted a position as senior program manager at Systems Planning Corporation.

Kennedy continued his Marine Corps Reserve career by serving as the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Officer, Safety Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer from 1983 to 1991.

He has served as senior air umpire for the Marine Air Ground Task Force Special Training Group in Quantico, Va. Returning to active duty in March 2000, he served as a program manager for the Marine Corps at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) until March 2002; lead analyst for the Navy BRAC technical team (November 2003 -- September 2005); and finally program manager, Marine Corps, DARPA (November 2005 -- October 2007).

Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pa.; a Master of Science in Systems Management from University of Southern California; and a Master of Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Naval Aviation Safety Course, Amphibious Warfare School, Naval Flight School and the Basic School.

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