New commanding officer of NUWC Keyport in August
January 21, 2012 · Updated 7:15 AM
KEYPORT — Capt. David K. Kohnke will assume command of Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport in August.
Kohnke will relieve Capt. Stephen E. Iwanowicz, who served as the 35th commander of NUWC Keyport since September 2008. Iwanowicz is retiring after nearly 30 years in the Navy.
Kohnke is engineering and planning officer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Inter-mediate Main-tenance Facility.
A native of Indiana, he enlisted in the Navy in 1980. After completing nuclear training, he served as an instructor in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and aboard USS Bremerton (SSN698). He was selected for an NROTC scholarship and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He was commissioned through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1990, and earned a master of science in electrical engineering from Arizona State University in 1997.
His career includes service as repair officer of the Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bangor, and combat systems officer aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN74).