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Roy Kelley to Serve as Commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic

Roy Kelley

Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, director of the Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration office, will be assigned as commander of the Naval Air Force for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the Defense Department said Friday.

He was appointed to his current position in April 2016 and led the integration of the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft into the service branch’s combat inventory.

Before that, Kelley served as commander of Carrier Strike Group 12 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier and chief of Naval Air Training.

The nearly 31-year Navy veteran previously served in two command tours with Strike Fighter Squadron 102 Diamondbacks and Carrier Air Wing 7 during Operation Enduring Freedom.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from Naval War College.

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