Undersea Rescue Command

San Diego, CA
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Commander John Killila

Commanding Officer, Undersea Rescue Command

Commander, Undersea Rescue Command

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, CDR Killila graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and was commissioned in 1999.

Following nuclear power and submarine training, CDR Killila reported to USS PROVIDENCE (SSN 719) in Groton, Connecticut. During his time on board, PROVIDENCE deployed twice to the Mediterranean and Middle East and conducted Tomahawk missile strikes in support of both OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

In 2003, CDR Killila reported to the United States Naval Academy as part of the Leadership Education and Development Program (LEAD). As part of the LEAD program he graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School with a Master of Science in Leadership and Human Resource Development and served as the 25th Company Officer at the Academy.

In June 2007, CDR Killila reported aboard USS MAINE (SSBN 741)(BLUE) in Bangor, Washington as Navigator. During his tour MAINE completed three strategic deterrent patrols and an Extended Refit Period.

In June 2011, CDR Killila graduated from Air Command and Staff College with a Master of Military Operational Art and Science.

CDR Killila served as Executive Officer of USS GEORGIA (SSGN 729)(GOLD) from 2011 to 2013. During his tour GEORGIA conducted two mission periods in the Indian Ocean.

From 2013 to 2016 CDR Killila served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at Submarine Group Seven in Yokosuka Japan. While there he aided in the planning and execution of submarine and Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare operations in the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets. He also served as the Deputy Commander for Readiness on the staff of Commander Submarine Squadron One in Pearl Harbor Hawaii where supported the warfighting readiness of nine SSNs.

Most recently, CDR Killila commanded Naval Submarine Support Command, Pearl Harbor. While in command he supported the warfighters assigned to the 14 submarines homeported in Pearl Harbor and the Commodores of Submarine Squadrons ONE and SEVEN.

CDR Killila has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal and various unit awards and service ribbons.