U.S. Navy Ensign Kristopher Quinn Kirby, son of Trey and Terrie Kirby, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on May 27 and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Ensign Kirby successfully completed four years of intensive academic, physical, and professional training, resulting in a bachelor of science degree with a major in economics. As a graduate of the Naval Academy, Kirby completed a four-year, total immersion program where a strong, balanced academic program, focused on the educational needs of the Navy and Marine Corps, is superimposed on a strict, professional military training environment emphasizing the development of leadership skills.
Following graduation, Kirby trained at Port Loma Naval Base, in San Diego, Calif. He completed Mine Warfare Training as well as Legal and Officer Training Programs.
Kirby left Tuesday for Sasebo, Japan where he will begin service aboard the USS Patriot. The Patriot is the seventh Avenger class mine countermeasures ship and one of the two ships in that class forward deployed to Sasebo.
Considered one of the top educational institutions in the country, the U.S. Naval Academy was founded in 1845 and has graduated more than 60,000 men and women as Naval and Marine Corps Officers. Its graduates include 4,000 admirals and generals, one president, 200 members of congress, three governors, 73 Medal of Honor winners, one Nobel Prize winner, and 40 astronauts.
Serving in the military has become a Kirby family tradition; Kristopher grew up a military “brat” moving nine times prior to turning 16 and settling in McMinnville. His father, Dr. Homer (Trey) Kirby, served as an officer in both the U.S. Air Force and the Army where he earned a Bronze Star with the 3rd Infantry Division while deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Kirby now serves as a physician with the Tennessee National Guard.
Kris’s uncle Charles (Kent) Kirby graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987 and served as a Surface Warfare Officer. Kristopher is excited about the opportunity to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy and is looking forward to living and traveling in Japan. Ensign Kirby is a 2007 graduate of Warren County High School.