Capt. Ken Russell received his commission in the U.S. Navy in 1998 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida. He earned his "Wings of Gold" from Randolph Air Force Base (AFB), Texas in 1999. Russell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University, a Master of Science in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University.
His first operational tour was at Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Three, the "Ironman Squadron" at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, in 2000. Russell is rated as an instructor and alert force mission commander in the E-6B Looking Glass aircraft.
He has amassed more than 4,000 operational flight hours over the course of five flying tours, executing the Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Airborne Command Post (ABNCP) missions. In 2004, he earned recognition as TACAMO's Junior Officer of the Year, followed up by Naval Flight Officer (NFO) instructor of the year in 2005.
Russell served at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, where he sailed aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) as officer of the deck (underway), forward deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He commanded the "Shadows" of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Four in 2016 and 2017, earning the Battle Efficiency award and Commander, Naval Air Forces Leadership award for commanding officers.
Ashore, Russell served as Branch Chief, C4I Airborne Platforms (J613) and Division Chief, Command Centers Division (J36) at U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.
Russell currently serves as commodore of Training Air Wing Six in Pensacola, Florida.
His decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medals, along with other individual, campaign, and unit awards.