Admiral Robert J. Kelly '55
Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Admiral Robert J. Kelly had a distinguished military career of 35 years which included air combat in Vietnam as well as positions at the highest level in the Pentagon and the Operational Forces. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and later earned the degree of Aeronautical Engineer (AeE) from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Training Program. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1961, and progressed through a number of command and staff assignments which took him throughout Europe and the Pacific. He amassed over 13 years in command of operational forces including command of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and the United States Pacific Fleet. Significant positions in Washington included Vice Director of Operations for the Joint Chief’s of Staff, Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies at the National War College, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations. After leaving active naval service he was Executive Vice President of The Wing Group (now disbanded) from October 1994 until he resigned that position in 1998. The Wing Group, headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas was a leading international developer of energy projects with a broad base of experience across most power generation technologies including combined cycle, coal fired liquefied natural gas and even wind power. The Wing Group had over 10,000 megawatts in various stages of development in such places as Colombia, Turkey, and The People’s Republic of China. On 1 March 1999 Admiral Kelly became the President and Chief Operating Officer of Energetics, Inc. Energetics is a full- service consulting company providing technical and management support in the areas of Energy Supply, Energy Conservation and Environmental Management. Energetics is a wholly owned subsidiary of The VSE Corporation (Alexandria, VA). Admiral Kelly has been a member of VSE’s Board of Directors since 1994.