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About Greg Kitchens

Colonel Kitchens is originally from Atlanta, Ga. He graduated High School in Kernersville, NC and is a 1984 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.


Col Kitchens originally joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1980, graduating from 3rd Recruit Training Bn, Parris Island, on 15 August of that year. He rose to the rank of Sergeant in the Reserves while getting a degree in English from The Citadel.


In 1986 he was commissioned a 2d Lt and spent three years on active duty, serving as the Communications Officer for 3d Tank Battalion at Twenty-nine Palms, Ca.  He transferred into the Reserves in 1990 and was soon activated in support of Desert Shield/ Desert Storm.


Col Kitchens went on to hold several billets in the Marine Reserves to include command of the LSB unit in Ceiba, Puerto Rico and later the LSB Company in Charleston.  He was the 1995 recipient of the Justice Chambers Award for Leadership.


Col Kitchens deployed to Iraq as a Civil Affairs Officer in 2005. In 2009 he again deployed to Iraq, The Kingdom of Jordan, as well as Afghanistan. In 2010 he also served as the Base Inspector for MCAS Beaufort.


Col Kitchens has held MOSs as a Field Radio Operator, a Primary Marksmanship Instructor, a Communications Officer, a Logistics Officer, a Civil Affairs Officer, and is an Inspector General.  He served as the Officer-in-charge of the Reserve Marksmanship Training Unit and Shooting Teams for the last five years of his career. He was awarded the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge at the 2015 Marine Corps Championship Matches. He retired from the Marine Corps on 1 January, 2017 and was awarded the Legion of Merit medal.


In addition to his service in the Marine Corps Col Kitchens has worked in construction, as an undercover narcotics agent, a private detective, a deputy sheriff, and a business owner. He has served his community as a vestry member of St Michael’s Church, Past Commander of his American Legion post, and as President of the Patriots Point Foundation among other activities. He is currently running for Sheriff of Charleston County, South Carolina.


Colonel Kitchens lost his wife, Doctor Allston A. Kitchens to cancer in March of 2023. They had a truly blessed marriage of over 31 years and two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Ellen. Elizabeth teaches 7th graders locally while Ellen is currently in school at MUSC.


Honorary Member of Charleston Riverdogs

In 2020, the RiverDogs and Boeing started a military Hall of Fame called Hall of Honor; they induct 2 outstanding servicemen or women with Charleston ties at each of their military appreciation nights. Previous inductees include well-known local military families like those of two local Marines who received the Medal of Honor: Ralph Johnson and MajGen James Livingston. Colonel Kitchens was nominated and inducted as an Honorary Riverdog in 2022.

Colonel Kitchens is a 1984 Graduate and is active in the school’s very successful Mentor Program and is also a coach for the Citadel Pistol Team. He has helped out over the years with the NROTC’s Semper Fi Society as well as with training for the Raiders Club. Col and Dr Kitchens have hosted numerous cadets in their home over many years and those cadets have all stayed in touch.


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