Kurt W. Tidd

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Kurt W. Tidd
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Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, USN
Birth name Kurt Walter Tidd
Born (1956-03-26) March 26, 1956 (age 60)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1978–present
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands held United States Southern Command
Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Director for Operations, Joint Staff (J-3)
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet
Carrier Strike Group 8
Battles/wars Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)
Relations Emmett Hulcy Tidd (father)
Mark L. Tidd (brother)

Kurt Walter Tidd[1] (born March 26, 1956) is a United States Navy admiral. He is currently serving as the Commander, United States Southern Command. Prior to the current assignment, Admiral Tidd served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as the Director for Operations, Joint Staff (J-3) from 2012 to 2013, and as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet from August 5, 2011 to June 22, 2012. Confirmed by the Senate on December 16, 2015, Tidd received his fourth star and succeeded John F. Kelly as commander of United States Southern Command on January 14, 2016. Tidd also holds the title of "Old Salt", which means he is, of all Surface Warfare qualified Navy Officers, the one who earned this badge the longest ago.

Biography[edit]

Tidd was born on March 26, 1956.[2] He is the son of now-retired Navy Vice Admiral Emmett H. Tidd and is a second-generation surface warfare officer. He grew up in various cities on the East and West coasts before graduating in 1974 from the Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina. Tidd was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Area Studies.

Tidd was appointed Director of Strategic Capabilities Policy, Defense Policy Directorate in July 2006. He joined the National Security Council staff in March 2005 as Director for Strategy and Defense Issues, Directorate of Combating Terrorism. His responsibilities included developing and coordinating inter-agency policy on countering weapons of mass destruction terrorism, threats to international aviation security, and maritime security policy. From January 2004 to March 2005, Tidd commanded Persian Gulf maritime War on Terror operations as Commander, Middle East Force and Commander Task Force 55.

Tidd was the founding Deputy for Operations on the Chief of Naval Operations War on Terrorism Operations Planning Group Deep Blue. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (N-3) to Commander, United States Naval Forces Central Command and Commander, United States Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain. He served in NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium as aide to the U.S. Representative, NATO Military Committee. In The Pentagon, he worked on the Navy Staff in the Strategy and Policy Division (N-51), and as the Political-Military Analyst in the Secretary of the Navy's Office of Program Appraisal. Tidd also was the Strategic Planner on the Chief of Naval Operations' Executive Panel (N-00K).

Sea duty assignments include Communications Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant in USS Semmes (DDG-18), Boilers Officer in USS America (CV-66), Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight, and Operations Officer in USS Deyo (DD-989). Tidd was executive officer in USS Leftwich (DD-984), commanding officer, USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968), and Commander, Destroyer Squadron 50.

Tidd holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Bordeaux, France, earned as an Olmsted Foundation Scholar. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, and was a Federal Executive Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is a French linguist and a subspecialist in Strategic Planning and Europe/Russia area studies.

Tidd's brother, Mark L. Tidd, retired as Chief of Navy Chaplains with the rank of Rear Admiral in 2014.

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Bronze oak leaf cluster
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Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg
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Silver star
Legion Honneur Chevalier ribbon.svg United States Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon with expert device.svg United States Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon with expert device.svg
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Seal of the United States Southern Command.svg
US - Presidential Service Badge.png
Surface Warfare Officer Pin
Defense Distinguished Service Medal w/ 1 bronze oak leaf cluster Navy Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit w/ 3 gold award stars Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 award stars
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ 3 award stars Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation with 2 bronze service stars
Navy "E" Ribbon with 2 Battle "E" devices Navy Expeditionary Medal with 2 service stars National Defense Service Medal with 2 service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 2 service stars Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 4 service stars Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with 1 silver service star
National Order of the Legion of Honour (Knight) (France) Navy Expert Rifleman Medal Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Command at Sea insignia
United States Southern Command Badge
Presidential Service Badge

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Navy document "Vice Admiral Kurt W. Kidd".

Military offices
Preceded by
John F. Kelly
United States Southern Command
January 14, 2016 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent