USS Thresher

Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Project

 

Kevin Galeaz
President, USS Thresher ANC Memorial Foundation

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﷯Kevin M. Galeaz, a native of St. Jacob, Illinois, completed Basic Training at NTC San Diego in March 1976 followed by Basic Submarine School in New London and Ballistic Missile Fire Control Technician “A” and “C” Schools in Dam Neck, VA. Kevin reported to the USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN 630) in May, 1977 which was six months into an overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS) . Selected to earn his Dolphins and gain at sea experience prior to the Calhoun finishing overhaul, he spent the summer of 1978 on patrol with the USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659) Blue Crew. Kevin returned to the Calhoun at PNS, completing the overhaul and deploying for home port in Charleston, SC aboard the Blue Crew. He completed a post-overhaul shakedown cruise including a Demonstration And Shakedown Operation (DASO) and one patrol. Kevin was selected for service aboard the USS OHIO (SSBN 726) Pre-commissioning Crew in September, 1979, and completed the first Trident Fire Control School class held at the Trident Training Facility (TTF) at the Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, Washington. He served aboard the USS OHIO Commissioning and Blue Crews, and assisted in launching the first C4 Trident Back fit missile during the DASO held in January, 1982. Planning on entering College at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) after his end of service in May of 1982, Kevin transferred to the USS Kamehameha (SSBN 642) which was undergoing overhaul at PNS for the last two months of his enlistment until his Honorable Discharge in May, 1982. Kevin Galeaz earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from UNH in 1986. He currently works as an Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) & Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design and validation contractor, currently employed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Kevin is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), including the IEEE Computer, Communications , Aerospace, Signal Processing & Ocean Engineering Societies. Kevin serves as the Commander , Webmaster and Annual USS Thresher Memorial Service Planning Committtee Chairman for United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI) Thresher Base. Kevin received the USSVI National Robert Link & the Meritorious Award for his work in planning and overseeing the execution of the 50th Annual USS Thresher Memorial Service. He is a lifetime member of the Naval Submarine League and an active member of the Portsmouth, NH Council of the Navy League of the United States. Kevin and his wife Robin reside in Hooksett, NH.