VX-30 "Bloodhounds"

Established in May 1995, VX-30 is a weapons test squadron whose mission is to provide research, development, test, and evaluation of manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft and weapons systems. VX-30 also provides support to the Point Mugu Sea Range, both locally and worldwide. Squadron manning is composed of approximately 30 officers, 80 enlisted sailors, 20 civilians, and 100 contractors.

The Bloodhounds and their sister squadron VX-31 make up the two components of the Naval Test Wing Pacific. 

To accomplish its mission, VX-30 operates a diverse inventory of manned aircraft, including the NP-3D Orion, P-3C Orion and KC-130T Hercules. Additionally, the Bloodhounds are the Navy's premier West Coast test facility for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), currently operating the RQ-23A TigerShark. VX-30 counts designation as “the responsible test organization” among its many achievements.

Bloodhound aircraft accomplish range surveillance, photometric support, area clearance, and airborne telemetry on the Naval Air Systems Command Sea Test Range. Project officers lead several weapon system developmental test programs for the Fleet. The Range Department operational specialists are responsible for safety of flight and range clearance for the 36,000 square mile Point Mugu Sea Range. The Airborne Threat Simulation Detachment routinely deploys worldwide to meet unique weapon testing needs at remote ranges and to provide fleet support.

Cmdr. Colette Lazenka

Commanding Officer, VX-30

Cmdr. Colette Lazenka, a native of Horsham, Pennsylvania, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2002 and earned her Naval Flight Officer wings in December 2003.

After attending Fleet Replacement Squadron training at Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP) 30, Lazenka reported to VP-46 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington in October 2004. While at VP-46, she served as the command security manager, AWO division officer, and NFO training officer. She also completed numerous deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Lazenka earned Commander, Naval Air Forces NFO of the Year award in 2007 for exceptional ASW expertise.

In June 2008, Lazenka reported to United States Naval Test Pilot School as a member of Class 135 and graduated with distinction. She then reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. There, she served as the P-8A Poseidon mission system’s lead, P-8A assistant developmental test director, and NFO Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization officer. While attached to VX-20, she flew over 30 “Cat C” flight tests and led acceptance testing for the Navy’s first seven P-8A aircraft.

In October 2011, Lazenka reported to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as the P-8A Fleet Integration Team Operations Officer and NFO NATOPS officer. She helped transition the first four P-3C squadrons to the P-8A and led the acceptance of eight P-8As for VP-30. Following her tour at VP-30, she reported to VP-5 in February 2014 for her Department Head tour, during which she completed two deployments to the Pacific Theatre and served as the VP-5 NATOPS, training, and operations officer.

She reported to the Advanced Sensors Technology (AST) Program Office at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. in June 2016. Serving as the Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) Training IPT Lead, she delivered ACAT-1D AAS Radar training simulators and courseware to the P-8A Fleet. She then reported to the MQ-25 Unmanned Carrier Aviation (UCA) Program Office (PMA-268) in April 2019 at NAS Patuxent River as the UCA Mission Control System (UMCS) Product IPT Lead. Lazenka reported to VX-30 at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California, in November 2020 as the chief test pilot before taking command in May 2022.

Lazenka is an Aviation Engineering Duty Officer and designated Acquisition Professional with career field certifications in Test & Evaluation and Program Management. She earned her masters in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Liberty University. Her personal decorations include the Air Medal Strike/Flight (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (eight awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

 

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Mark Price

Technical Director, VX-30

Mark Price, a native of Los Angeles, California, graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and was winged a naval flight officer in 1990.

In the Marines, Price flew the EA-6B during operational tours with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2 and VMAQ-4. He is a veteran of Operations Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

His flight test experience came during a tour with Naval Weapons Test Squadron, Point Mugu (now VX-30). There he served as the Tactical Aircraft Electronic Warfare (TACAIR EW) project officer and flew over 100 flight test sorties in the FA-18D, EA-6B, and QF-4 aircraft.

His staff tours include serving in the Pentagon as the TACAIR EW Requirements Officer at OPNAV N88 and in Afghanistan as part of the Commander’s Action Group think tank drafting and evolving strategy for the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan.

After retiring from the Marines in 2009, Price transitioned into the civilian workforce at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, in Point Mugu, California. While a member of the Avionics Department, he became a branch head for the Electro-Optics Systems and Modeling Branch in the Electronic Warfare Division and served there for three years supporting development and test of Missile Warning Systems and Directed Infra-Red Countermeasures Systems. Later, he took on the role as the F-35 Reprogramming Laboratory (FRL) Lead, standing up a brand new laboratory, building F-35 mission data and associated test capabilities for the Joint Strike Fighter program. Price then moved on to become deputy Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead at the Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) IPT. While at the AEA IPT he helped lead the team’s efforts on the EA-18G Growler and Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) as well as mission data and mission planning software development and testing for the MH-60R, E-2C/D, and P-8A.

Price assumed his current duties as Technical Director for VX-30 in December 2017. He is a recipient of the NAVAIR Commander Clifton Evans Memorial Award for excellence in Electronic Warfare Engineering, and the NAVAIR Commander’s Award for Technical Innovation.

 

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Cmdr. Devin Holmes

Chief Test Pilot, VX-30

Cmdr. Devin Holmes, a native of Traverse City, Michigan, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2014.

Holmes completed flight training and earned his Naval Aviator wings in August 2007. After attending fleet replacement squadron training at Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 in Jacksonville, Florida, he reported to the “Skinny Dragons” of VP-4 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. While with the Skinny Dragons, Holmes deployed to the SOUTHCOM, CENTCOM, EUCOM, and INDOPACOM areas of responsibility and qualified as Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Orion.

Holmes then attended Naval Postgraduate School and the United States Naval Test Pilot School and was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 at Patuxent River, Maryland in 2014 where he served as a P-8A Test Pilot and Project Officer at the P-8A Integrated Test Team.

In 2017, Holmes reported to the “Mad Foxes” of VP-5 as a Department Head. In addition to P-8A deployments to the EUCOM and INDOPACOM areas of responsibility, the squadron also received Air-to-Air Refueling capability as well as the Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) configuration. He served as Operations Officer for the Mad Foxes and was the Commander, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 recipient of the Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award for 2019.

In 2019, Holmes served at the Advanced Sensor Technologies Program Office at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. In 2021 he was redesignated as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer, and in 2022 reported to VX-30 in Point Mugu, California where he currently serves as Chief Test Pilot. He has over 2,000 flight hours and has flown over 25 different Type/Model/Series of aircraft.

                                                                                                           

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Cmdr. Eric Little

Executive Officer, VX-30

Cmdr. Eric Little is a native of Houston, Texas, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He later earned an Executive MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2008.

Little completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas, earning his Wings of Gold in 2002. Following initial Fleet Replacement Squadron training, he joined the “Rangers” of Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2, based in Naval Station Rota, Spain. While assigned to the Rangers, Little deployed multiple times to the CENTCOM, EUCOM, and SOUTHCOM areas of responsibility and qualified as an aircraft commander, mission commander, and instructor pilot.

In 2006, Little reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 in Jacksonville, Florida. At the “Pro’s Nest,” he served as a FRS instructor pilot and was the lead fleet instructor under training pilot. In 2009, Little reported aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, as a catapult and arresting gear officer, or “Shooter,” where he served as the V-3 and V-5 division officer as well as the “Topcat.”

Little reported to the “Wizards” of Special Projects Patrol Squadron (VPU) 2 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for his department head tour in 2011. He served as the operations officer, squadron senior pilot, and detachment officer in charge. He was the Commander, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 recipient of the Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award for 2013.

In 2014, Little reported to the OPNAV Staff, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98), in the Pentagon, where he served as an aviation manpower requirements officer as well as the executive assistant to the deputy director. In 2015, he was selected to be a Federal Executive Fellow and assigned to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. Little next attended the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, where he was chosen to participate in the Long Term Strategy Program, graduating in 2017 with a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy.

Little most recently served on the Seventh Fleet staff, embarked aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), as the fleet command center director and current operations deputy in Yokosuka, Japan. He reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 as the executive officer in October 2019.

He is proud to have served on teams that have been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy Battle Efficiency awards.

 

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Command Senior Chief William A Kumley

Command Senior Chief, VX-30

Senior Chief William A. Kumley, a native of New Port Richey, Florida, enlisted in the Navy under the Delayed Entry Program in June of 1997. After attending basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he reported to aviation electronics technician “A" school in Pensacola, Florida.

Kumley’s first tour was with Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, at Marine Corps Air Station New River. There he he worked as a communications and navigation technician at Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29, advancing to the rank of petty officer second class

In September 2000, Kumley reported to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Oceana Sea-op-Det as an F-14 Tomcat radar technician, where he deployed with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65).  He advanced to petty officer first class through the Meritorious Advancement Program and remained at AIMD on shore duty as the leading petty officer of the F-14 Radar Shop before the F-14 Tomcat was retired from service, at which point he became the Manpower assistant leading petty officer.

In March 2008, Kumley reported to the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69), where he was selected to chief petty officer in 2009. He served as the Mess Decks chief master-at-arms, Aviation Electrician Branch chief petty officer, and Light Industrial Facility chief petty officer, before reporting to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the Light Industrial Facility leading chief petty officer during the ship's Refueling and Complex Overhaul in Newport News, Virginia.

After two back-to-back sea tours, Kumley reported to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 in Oceana, Virginia, where he served as the maintenance chief and senior enlisted advisor for the F/A-18E/F “Rhino" side of the squadron. There he earned his Safe for Flight qualification and led multiple training detachments and also stood up the squadron’s Tactical Demonstration team. Following a successful tour at VFA-106, he transferred to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 “Dragonwhales" and was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program.  He served as the command senior chief of Transient Personal Unit Puget Sound for his first command senior chief tour before reporting to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30 in September 2021.

Kumley is a graduate of both the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 195 Khaki) and the Command Master Chief course (Class 191), and earned his Associate’s degree in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  His personal awards include the Military Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (eight awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

 

VX-30 "Bloodhounds"

Established in May 1995, VX-30 is a weapons test squadron whose mission is to provide research, development, test, and evaluation of manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft and weapons systems. VX-30 also provides support to the Point Mugu Sea Range, both locally and worldwide. Squadron manning is composed of approximately 30 officers, 80 enlisted sailors, 20 civilians, and 100 contractors.

The Bloodhounds and their sister squadron VX-31 make up the two components of the Naval Test Wing Pacific. 

To accomplish its mission, VX-30 operates a diverse inventory of manned aircraft, including the NP-3D Orion, P-3C Orion and KC-130T Hercules. Additionally, the Bloodhounds are the Navy's premier West Coast test facility for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), currently operating the RQ-23A TigerShark. VX-30 counts designation as “the responsible test organization” among its many achievements.

Bloodhound aircraft accomplish range surveillance, photometric support, area clearance, and airborne telemetry on the Naval Air Systems Command Sea Test Range. Project officers lead several weapon system developmental test programs for the Fleet. The Range Department operational specialists are responsible for safety of flight and range clearance for the 36,000 square mile Point Mugu Sea Range. The Airborne Threat Simulation Detachment routinely deploys worldwide to meet unique weapon testing needs at remote ranges and to provide fleet support.

Cmdr. Colette Lazenka

Commanding Officer, VX-30

Cmdr. Colette Lazenka, a native of Horsham, Pennsylvania, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2002 and earned her Naval Flight Officer wings in December 2003.

After attending Fleet Replacement Squadron training at Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP) 30, Lazenka reported to VP-46 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington in October 2004. While at VP-46, she served as the command security manager, AWO division officer, and NFO training officer. She also completed numerous deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Lazenka earned Commander, Naval Air Forces NFO of the Year award in 2007 for exceptional ASW expertise.

In June 2008, Lazenka reported to United States Naval Test Pilot School as a member of Class 135 and graduated with distinction. She then reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 in NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. There, she served as the P-8A Poseidon mission system’s lead, P-8A assistant developmental test director, and NFO Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization officer. While attached to VX-20, she flew over 30 “Cat C” flight tests and led acceptance testing for the Navy’s first seven P-8A aircraft.

In October 2011, Lazenka reported to VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as the P-8A Fleet Integration Team Operations Officer and NFO NATOPS officer. She helped transition the first four P-3C squadrons to the P-8A and led the acceptance of eight P-8As for VP-30. Following her tour at VP-30, she reported to VP-5 in February 2014 for her Department Head tour, during which she completed two deployments to the Pacific Theatre and served as the VP-5 NATOPS, training, and operations officer.

She reported to the Advanced Sensors Technology (AST) Program Office at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. in June 2016. Serving as the Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) Training IPT Lead, she delivered ACAT-1D AAS Radar training simulators and courseware to the P-8A Fleet. She then reported to the MQ-25 Unmanned Carrier Aviation (UCA) Program Office (PMA-268) in April 2019 at NAS Patuxent River as the UCA Mission Control System (UMCS) Product IPT Lead. Lazenka reported to VX-30 at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California, in November 2020 as the chief test pilot before taking command in May 2022.

Lazenka is an Aviation Engineering Duty Officer and designated Acquisition Professional with career field certifications in Test & Evaluation and Program Management. She earned her masters in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee and is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Liberty University. Her personal decorations include the Air Medal Strike/Flight (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (eight awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

 

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Mark Price

Technical Director, VX-30

Mark Price, a native of Los Angeles, California, graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and was winged a naval flight officer in 1990.

In the Marines, Price flew the EA-6B during operational tours with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2 and VMAQ-4. He is a veteran of Operations Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

His flight test experience came during a tour with Naval Weapons Test Squadron, Point Mugu (now VX-30). There he served as the Tactical Aircraft Electronic Warfare (TACAIR EW) project officer and flew over 100 flight test sorties in the FA-18D, EA-6B, and QF-4 aircraft.

His staff tours include serving in the Pentagon as the TACAIR EW Requirements Officer at OPNAV N88 and in Afghanistan as part of the Commander’s Action Group think tank drafting and evolving strategy for the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan.

After retiring from the Marines in 2009, Price transitioned into the civilian workforce at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, in Point Mugu, California. While a member of the Avionics Department, he became a branch head for the Electro-Optics Systems and Modeling Branch in the Electronic Warfare Division and served there for three years supporting development and test of Missile Warning Systems and Directed Infra-Red Countermeasures Systems. Later, he took on the role as the F-35 Reprogramming Laboratory (FRL) Lead, standing up a brand new laboratory, building F-35 mission data and associated test capabilities for the Joint Strike Fighter program. Price then moved on to become deputy Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead at the Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) IPT. While at the AEA IPT he helped lead the team’s efforts on the EA-18G Growler and Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) as well as mission data and mission planning software development and testing for the MH-60R, E-2C/D, and P-8A.

Price assumed his current duties as Technical Director for VX-30 in December 2017. He is a recipient of the NAVAIR Commander Clifton Evans Memorial Award for excellence in Electronic Warfare Engineering, and the NAVAIR Commander’s Award for Technical Innovation.

 

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Cmdr. Devin Holmes

Chief Test Pilot, VX-30

Cmdr. Devin Holmes, a native of Traverse City, Michigan, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2014.

Holmes completed flight training and earned his Naval Aviator wings in August 2007. After attending fleet replacement squadron training at Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 in Jacksonville, Florida, he reported to the “Skinny Dragons” of VP-4 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. While with the Skinny Dragons, Holmes deployed to the SOUTHCOM, CENTCOM, EUCOM, and INDOPACOM areas of responsibility and qualified as Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in the P-3C Orion.

Holmes then attended Naval Postgraduate School and the United States Naval Test Pilot School and was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 at Patuxent River, Maryland in 2014 where he served as a P-8A Test Pilot and Project Officer at the P-8A Integrated Test Team.

In 2017, Holmes reported to the “Mad Foxes” of VP-5 as a Department Head. In addition to P-8A deployments to the EUCOM and INDOPACOM areas of responsibility, the squadron also received Air-to-Air Refueling capability as well as the Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) configuration. He served as Operations Officer for the Mad Foxes and was the Commander, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 recipient of the Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award for 2019.

In 2019, Holmes served at the Advanced Sensor Technologies Program Office at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. In 2021 he was redesignated as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer, and in 2022 reported to VX-30 in Point Mugu, California where he currently serves as Chief Test Pilot. He has over 2,000 flight hours and has flown over 25 different Type/Model/Series of aircraft.

                                                                                                           

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Cmdr. Eric Little

Executive Officer, VX-30

Cmdr. Eric Little is a native of Houston, Texas, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He later earned an Executive MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2008.

Little completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas, earning his Wings of Gold in 2002. Following initial Fleet Replacement Squadron training, he joined the “Rangers” of Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2, based in Naval Station Rota, Spain. While assigned to the Rangers, Little deployed multiple times to the CENTCOM, EUCOM, and SOUTHCOM areas of responsibility and qualified as an aircraft commander, mission commander, and instructor pilot.

In 2006, Little reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 in Jacksonville, Florida. At the “Pro’s Nest,” he served as a FRS instructor pilot and was the lead fleet instructor under training pilot. In 2009, Little reported aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, as a catapult and arresting gear officer, or “Shooter,” where he served as the V-3 and V-5 division officer as well as the “Topcat.”

Little reported to the “Wizards” of Special Projects Patrol Squadron (VPU) 2 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for his department head tour in 2011. He served as the operations officer, squadron senior pilot, and detachment officer in charge. He was the Commander, Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 recipient of the Navy and Marine Association peer-selected leadership award for 2013.

In 2014, Little reported to the OPNAV Staff, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98), in the Pentagon, where he served as an aviation manpower requirements officer as well as the executive assistant to the deputy director. In 2015, he was selected to be a Federal Executive Fellow and assigned to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. Little next attended the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, where he was chosen to participate in the Long Term Strategy Program, graduating in 2017 with a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy.

Little most recently served on the Seventh Fleet staff, embarked aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), as the fleet command center director and current operations deputy in Yokosuka, Japan. He reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 as the executive officer in October 2019.

He is proud to have served on teams that have been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy Battle Efficiency awards.

 

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Command Senior Chief William A Kumley

Command Senior Chief, VX-30

Senior Chief William A. Kumley, a native of New Port Richey, Florida, enlisted in the Navy under the Delayed Entry Program in June of 1997. After attending basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he reported to aviation electronics technician “A" school in Pensacola, Florida.

Kumley’s first tour was with Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, at Marine Corps Air Station New River. There he he worked as a communications and navigation technician at Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29, advancing to the rank of petty officer second class

In September 2000, Kumley reported to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Oceana Sea-op-Det as an F-14 Tomcat radar technician, where he deployed with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65).  He advanced to petty officer first class through the Meritorious Advancement Program and remained at AIMD on shore duty as the leading petty officer of the F-14 Radar Shop before the F-14 Tomcat was retired from service, at which point he became the Manpower assistant leading petty officer.

In March 2008, Kumley reported to the USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69), where he was selected to chief petty officer in 2009. He served as the Mess Decks chief master-at-arms, Aviation Electrician Branch chief petty officer, and Light Industrial Facility chief petty officer, before reporting to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the Light Industrial Facility leading chief petty officer during the ship's Refueling and Complex Overhaul in Newport News, Virginia.

After two back-to-back sea tours, Kumley reported to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 in Oceana, Virginia, where he served as the maintenance chief and senior enlisted advisor for the F/A-18E/F “Rhino" side of the squadron. There he earned his Safe for Flight qualification and led multiple training detachments and also stood up the squadron’s Tactical Demonstration team. Following a successful tour at VFA-106, he transferred to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 “Dragonwhales" and was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program.  He served as the command senior chief of Transient Personal Unit Puget Sound for his first command senior chief tour before reporting to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30 in September 2021.

Kumley is a graduate of both the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 195 Khaki) and the Command Master Chief course (Class 191), and earned his Associate’s degree in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  His personal awards include the Military Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (eight awards), and various unit and campaign awards.