Kirk Lippold

Infobox Military Person
name=Kirk Lippold

caption=CDR Kirk Lippold, USN
allegiance= United States of America
rank= Commander
branch= United States Navy
commands= USS "Cole"
awards=Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit (two awards) Meritorious Service Medal] (three awards) Combat Action Ribbon Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) Joint Service Achievement Medal Navy Achievement Medal (two awards)

Commander Kirk S. Lippold, USN (Ret.), was the Commanding officer of the USS "Cole" on October 12, 2000 when the ship was attacked and bombed by Al-Qaeda terrorists. Lippold assumed command of the "Cole" on June 25, 1999 [CDR Kirk S Lippold, " [ USS Cole (DDG 67) Command History Report for FY1999] ", US Navy (accessed August 21 2006)] and served until he was relieved on March 9, 2001. [CDR Kevin M Sweeney, " [ USS Cole (DDG 67) Command History Report for FY2001] ", US Navy (accessed August 21 2006)]


Lippold is a 1981 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He received a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering (Joint Command, Control and Communications) from Naval Postgraduate School while he attended from 1987 to 1989. He graduated from United States Army Command and General Staff College in 1994 and from Joint Forces Staff College in 2001. [ Kirk Lippold - Leading Authorities speakers bureau biography] ]


Outside of his service as the Commanding Officer of USS "Cole" from 1999 to 2001, Lippold served as Executive officer of USS "Shiloh". He also served as the Operations officer on the commissioning crew of USS "Arleigh Burke", the lead ship of the same destroyer class as the USS "Cole". He served as a division officer aboard USS "Yorktown" and USS "Fairfax County". Following his departure from the USS "Cole", he received a series of desk positions at the Pentagon.The Virginian-Pilot. [ Former Cole commander to retire today] . May 24, 2007.] On 21 August 2006, the Associated Press reported that Lippold was denied promotion to the rank of Captain. [ [,13319,110801,00.html?ESRC=navynews.RSS "Cole Skipper Off Promotion List"] ] His final U.S. Navy assignment was to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in the International Strategy Division. [ Kirk Lippold - Leading Authorities speakers bureau biography] ] He retired in May 2007 at the age of 47 during a ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.The Virginian-Pilot. [ Former Cole commander to retire today] . May 24, 2007.]

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External links

* [ Kirk Lippold - Leading Authorities speakers bureau biography]
* [ Official website of USS "Cole"]
* [ "USS Cole" webpage]
* [ USS "Cole"]
* [ USS Cole Association]
*Official Department of Defense FOIA files on the USS Cole [] [] []

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