Commander NATO Special Operations Headquarters
Vice Admiral Kilrain is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts. He was
commissioned in 1985 and completed Basic Underwater
Demolition/SEAL training in 1986. He is a graduate of Lehigh University
and holds a Master of Science degree in National Resources Strategy
and Management from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower
School. He is also a graduate from the Defense Language Institute
where he studied German and Spanish.
Vice Admiral Kilrain’s operational assignments have included a full range of
duties in Naval Special Warfare, Joint Special Operations Command; as
well as, Personal Exchange Program with the German Navy
Kampschwimmer Kompanie (SEALS) in Eckernförde, Germany. He commanded Naval Special
Warfare Unit Four in Puerto Rico, SEAL Team Four, Naval Special Warfare Group Two in
Virginia, and Special Operations Command, Pacific in Hawaii. His service overseas includes
numerous deployments spanning across five continents in support of contingency and named
His staff assignments include duty as Operations Officer for SOCSOUTH in Panama;
Operations Officer for State Department's Office of Counterterrorism; Executive Office of the
President at the White House, where he served on the National Security Council as Director of
Strategy and Policy for the Office of Combating Terrorism; and as Senior Defense Officer at the
U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico.
Vice Admiral Kilrain began his current tour as Commander, NATO Special Operations Headquarters in
He is married with four children.