The Navy is a Family Business

On 1 September, 2019, Krysten Ellis was promoted to CDR by her retired Submariner father, Captain Jimmy Ellis, on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Hawaii. Although the historical significance of the USS Missouri (BB-63) as the WWII battleship where General Douglas MacArthur presided over the signing of the surrender that ended the war is well known, you may not know that Krysten chose this landmark to honor her grandfather, who served there during WWII. Specifically, Henry Arden was the lead site setter of the main gun turret, so it was a fitting location for her to promote to the rank of Commander under the guns he so lovingly cared for. Her father administered her oath, as he has done since enlisting her in the Navy in 2000. Another poignant point, Krysten wears her father’s modified submarine dolphins. Her oak leaf was added when she qualified on the USS Georgia (SSGN-729) in 2013.  The ceremony was attended by multiple groups whom she considers family, including former crew from GEORGIA, Auburn University alumni, Special Operations coworkers and her SC Ohana. Krysten currently serves as an Acquisition Program Manager for Undersea Systems, PEO-Maritime, USSOCOM.

Krysten and her Dad, Jimmy Ellis, Captain, USN, Ret