Jarvis, Kenneth, CAPT

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Current Service Status
USNR Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Captain
Current/Last Primary NEC
165X-Special Duty Officer - Public Affairs
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
2002-2004, 165X, US European Command (USEUCOM)
Previously Held NEC
IC-0000-Interior Communications Electrician
Service Years
1968 - 2004
Foreign Language(s)
French
Haitian-Creole
Captain
Captain


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 Official Badges 

Joint Forces Command US European Command Career Counselor US Navy Retired 30




 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon




 Military Association Memberships
Naval Reserve AssociationVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
  1985, Naval Reserve Association [Verified]
  2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I'm retired from the rat race and starting my own business.  Welcome to Ken Jarvis Communications.  Primarily I'm a photographer.  I also do voice overs, narrations and am available to assist you with your public relations.  Basically I'm a full service PR professional. 
   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

Countries I've Visited In My Life

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria


BelgiumCanadaChinaDenmarkFranceGermanyGuamHong KongItalyJapanLuxembourgMexicoNetherlandsNorwayPhilippinesPuerto RicoSenegalSierra LeoneSpainSwitzerlandUnited KingdomUnited StatesVirgin Islands


 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1968, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CAUSS Talladega (APA-208)USS Ranger (CVA-61)Advancement Schools and Courses
Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course (Faculty Staff)NAS Oceana, VAChief of US Navy Information (CHINFO), CNO - OPNAVNaval Media Center (NAVMEDIA)
USS Saipan (LHA-2)North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)Navy Cargo Handling & Port Group 1  (NAVCHAPGRU 1)Joint Task Force - Armed Forces Inaugural Committee (JTF-AFIC), Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
VR-56 GlobemastersUS Atlantic Command (USACOM)US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)CNO - OPNAV
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)Military Sealift Command Headquarters (MSCHQ)SPAWARSYSCEN, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWARSYSCOM)US European Command (USEUCOM)
  1968-1968, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1968-1968, USS Talladega (APA-208)
  1969-1971, IC-0000, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1978-1978, 165X, Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) (Student)
  1978-1978, 165X, Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course (Faculty Staff)
  1979-1979, 165X, Basic Visual Information A School Course (DINFOS)
  1983-1984, 165X, Dam Neck Annex, NAS Oceana, VA
  1984-1985, 165X, Chief of US Navy Information (CHINFO), CNO - OPNAV
  1985-1989, 165X, AFRTS/Armed Forces Network/Broadcasting (AFN), Naval Media Center (NAVMEDIA)
  1986-1986, 165X, USS Saipan (LHA-2)
  1987-1987, 165X, NATO Headquarters Brussels
  1988-1988, 165X, Navy Cargo Handling & Port Group 1 (NAVCHAPGRU 1)
  1988-1988, 165X, Joint Task Force - Armed Forces Inaugural Committee (JTF-AFIC), Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1990-1990, 165X, VR-56 Globemasters
  1991-1994, 165X, US Atlantic Command (USACOM)
  1992-1992, 165X, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
  1994-1996, 165X, CNO - OPNAV
  1996-1997, 165X, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1997-1998, 165X, Military Sealift Command Headquarters (MSCHQ)
  1998-2001, 165X, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  2001-2002, 165X, SPAWARSYSCEN, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWARSYSCOM)
  2002-2004, 165X, US European Command (USEUCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Training Exercise - UNITAS '69
  1969-1971 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1986-1986 Operation Northern Wedding 1986
  1989-1991 Counter Drug Operations
  1994-1994 Operation Support Democracy
 Military Association Memberships
Naval Reserve AssociationVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
  1985, Naval Reserve Association [Verified]
  2000, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Reflections on CAPT Jarvis's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY.
I was influenced by the draft board in 1967. I didn't mind serving my country but I didn't want to be drafted and I didn't want to be in the Army. I just didn't like camping!
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
I decided to become a "Snipe" when I was doing my initial boot training on board USS Talladega (APA-208). I was assigned to help clean bilges below the engineering spaces. When we came out some of the deck Sailors tried to harass us by calling us "Snipes." I asked a Machinist Mate what a Snipe was and he explained it to me. For some reason I felt like I belonged with the "Snipes" so I decided right then that's what I wanted to do. When I got to USS Ranger (CVA-61) I was a non-rated Fireman. The Chief Engineer looked as my test scores and decided I could handle working in the IC (Interior Communications) gang, so that's where I wound up.

After my tours in Vietnam I cross rated to Journalist. I had my BA in Communications and wanted to do something closer to my profession. When I got my commission I was commissioned as a Public Affairs Officer.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY?
I did two tours on board USS Ranger (CVA-61). We were off the coast of Vietnam in the Tonkin Gulf. Being a carrier we supported all, or many of, the major operations. Most noteworthy for me was the Son Tay Prisoner of War Rescue Operation.
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Clearly it was my time on board USS Ranger (CVA-61). I served on board other ships but only for very short periods of time, a few days or weeks. The memories of Ranger are fond now but while I was on board I was just like everyone else, I wanted to be home with my family.
FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
There's not one but many. The Son Tay POW attempted rescue was very memorable because we were so happy when we heard we were finally going to bring the POWs home. Later we were crushed when we found out that the rescue had failed. Actually it had a positive effect on the NVA. They realized we could strike swift and hard and conditions improved for the POWs after that.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL AND ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER?
No, I was just an ordinary Sailor.
OF ALL THE MEDALS, AWARDS, FORMAL PRESENTATIONS AND QUALIFICATION BADGES YOU RECEIVED, OR OTHER MEMORABILIA, WHICH ONE IS THE MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU AND WHY?
I'm very proud to wear the medals from the Vietnam war with my service brothers and sisters who served over there.
WHICH INDIVIDUAL(S) FROM YOUR TIME IN THE MILITARY STAND OUT AS HAVING THE MOST POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOU AND WHY?
It was my wife. She stayed home while I traveled. Everyone thanks me for my service. Believe me, she sacrificed the most. The spouse of a Reservist has a very hard job. We don't live on military bases so we don't have the support of other military families. She was all alone while I was gone, and that was a lot of the time.
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE, WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Sure but it would take to long to tell all the stories.
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
I was a Reservist and pursued a civilian career while in the Reserves. I was with Public Broadcasting which paralleled my military career. I later became a defense contractor.
WHAT MILITARY ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A MEMBER OF, IF ANY? WHAT SPECIFIC BENEFITS DO YOU DERIVE FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIPS?
I'm member of the Reserve Officers Association, Military Officers Association of America and the VFW. I appreciate what these and other like organizations do to represent service members.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS SERVING IN THE MILITARY INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU HAVE APPROACHED YOUR LIFE AND YOUR CAREER? WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE?
My wife and I talk about that frequently. How amazing that a decision made when we were so young to simply avoid the draft and still serve our country would continue for 36 years and give us support and security for the rest of our lives. It was an honor to serve and I've gotten more in return than I ever gave.
BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY JOINED THE NAVY?
Try to see the big picture. During a deployment your service will probably be long and unpleasant but I'm glad you're out there and you'll reap the benefits later.

Try to see the honor in your service.
IN WHAT WAYS HAS TOGETHERWESERVED.COM HELPED YOU REMEMBER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND THE FRIENDS YOU SERVED WITH.
I've been able to track some people who shared common experiences. It has given me a beautiful display of my military career that my family can enjoy. Thanks!

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