Dean of Students
Cmdr. Kenneth Ferguson
Dean of Students
Commander Ferguson was born in North Carolina in 1971. He entered the Navy in 1993 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Physics and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. After flight school in Pensacola, Florida, and advanced Navigation training in San Antonio, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in April 1995.
After Electronic Warfare training in Pensacola, Commander Ferguson reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO in Rota, Spain. From 1995 to 1999, he served in various Division Officer jobs, ending as Assistant Department Head for the Electronic Warfare/Information Systems Department. He also qualified as an Electronic Warfare Mission Commander in the EP-3E aircraft, responsible for leading crews of 24 Officers and Enlisted in Combat Reconnaissance missions in support of Fleet and National requirements.
In 1999 Commander Ferguson reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and graduated in June 2001 with a Master’s degree in Physics. He then reported to the USS George Washington (CVN-73) as Assistant Strike Operations Officer, where he served in New York Harbor on September 12th 2001, and then off the coast of Afghanistan in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on September 11th, 2002 during a six month deployment. Next he served from May 2003 to November 2004 as staff Reconnaissance officer for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was the planning officer for the eventual relocation of VQ-2 from Rota, Spain to Whidbey Island, Washington.
In December 2004 he reported back to VQ-2 in Rota, where he served as Administrative Officer, Detachment Officer in Charge, and Operations Officer while moving the squadron to Whidbey Island, WA concurrently. He also served twice as detachment Officer in Charge of VQ-2 Det Souda Bay, Crete, commanding combat reconnaissance crews and ground support teams flying missions in the Mediterranean AOR.
Commander Ferguson reported in June 2006 to the Joint Reconnaissance Center in the Intelligence Mission Operations Center- Collections Division for Headquarters, US European Command where he served as the Navy staff officer responsible for coordinating all airborne reconnaissance flights in the EUCOM Theater.
From June 2008 to September 2010 he studied additional graduate level Physics at the Naval Postgraduate School as part of the Permanent Military Professor program. In January 2011 he reported to US Naval Forces, Central Command Forward, Kuwait, as the director of the Warrior Transition Program. While leading the WTP his team of 20 provided support to over 5000 returning Individual Augment Sailors departing the CENTCOM AOR.
In February of 2012 Commander Ferguson reported to U.S. AFRICA Command to serve as the operations branch chief in the Counter-Narcotics and Law Enforcement Assistance Division J5 directorate. There he supervised a team of ten executing $40M in counter-narcotics projects across the African continent.
From February 2015 until June 2018 he served as the Program Officer for the National Security Affairs curriculum at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, where he supervised 350 students attending full time graduate education in International Relations, Regional and Strategic Studies, and Counter-Terrorism.
He now serves as the Deputy Dean of Students for the Naval Postgraduate School where he works with a team of military and civilians to provide administrative support to the entire NPS student body.
Commander Ferguson’s awards include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Meritorious Service Medal, three Strike/Flight Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.