Chaplain Kevin L. Dean enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 1989. He served for 14 years as a Religious Program Specialist (E-6) assigned to various Marine Corps units and was mobilized to the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing in support of Operation Desert Storm.
In 2003, Dean was commissioned into the US Navy Chaplain Corps and was promoted to lieutenant, junior grade (O-2). In 2005, he accompanied Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Seabees) to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Dean was mobilized for 14 months in 2009 as the rear echelon chaplain for the II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group in Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he served 6,000 marines and sailors, and their families.
Dean was promoted to Lieutenant Commander (O-5) in 2011, and then retired from the Navy in April 2012 after 22 years of service due to service-related health concerns.
Dean, an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, is a graduate of Asbury University (where his wife Janet currently is on faculty) and Asbury Theological Seminary.
He currently works in administration support for UK’s College of Health Sciences, actively volunteers with Boy Scouts Troop 707, and is the very proud father of two sons, Jonathan, 16, and Rowan, 13.
Dean retires from Navy
Kevin Dean recently retired from the U.S. Navy. (Photo submitted / August 1, 2012)