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Rear Admiral John Kirby: Bio, Wife, Net Worth, Salary (2021)

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Who is Rear Admiral John Kirby?

Retired rear admiral John Francis Kirby who has served as the United States Department of Defense's Press Secretary and Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs is giving a speech.

John Francis Kirby is a retired rear admiral in the United States Navy who has served as the United States Department of Defense’s Press Secretary and Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs since 2021.

From 2017 to 2021, he worked as a military and diplomatic analyst for CNN. Before that, from 2015 to 2017, he was the spokesperson for the US Department of State in the Obama administration.


John was born in 1963, In Saint Petersburg, Florida, U.S. Rear Admiral John Francis Kirby is 58 years old.

Early childhood and education

Kirby was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended Saint Petersburg Catholic High School in 1981 and the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1985.
He graduated from Troy University with a Master of Science in international relations and the Naval War College with a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies.

Military career

Kirby received his commission in September 1986 after graduating from Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.
He served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34) before transferring to the Restricted Line as a Public Affairs Officer (PAO).

Rear Admiral John Kirby, circa 2012, while serving as the Navy’s chief of information.

Kirby served at sea as a public affairs officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV 59) and on the staff of the Commander, US 2nd Fleet, embarked aboard the command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20).

While ashore, Kirby worked as an instructor at the United States Naval Academy, as a public affairs officer with the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels), as the editor in chief of the Navy’s flagship monthly magazine, All Hands, and on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Personnel, the Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the special assistant for public affairs to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs’ deputy assistant secretary of defense for media operations.

Kirby was promoted to rear admiral (lower half)[3] in May 2012 and served as the US Navy’s Chief of Information (CHINFO).
As CHINFO, Kirby was the Department of the Navy’s primary spokesman, providing strategic communication advice to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations.
He was in charge of the Navy’s public affairs community, which includes over 2,700 active and reserve officers, enlisted, and civilian communication professionals.

Pentagon press secretary

in the Obama Administration

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appointed Kirby as Pentagon press secretary in December 2013.

Kirby was promoted to rear admiral in May 2014.

Senator John McCain called Kirby an “idiot” in October 2014 after he claimed that the United States was winning its war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Kirby was named the new spokesman for the United States Department of State on April 22, 2015, after retiring from the military later that year.

On May 12, 2015, Kirby was appointed as the State Department’s spokesman.
Kirby defended the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen against the Shia Houthis in October 2016.
On January 20, 2017, he resigned from office following President Trump’s inauguration.

in the Biden Administration

Kirby was re-appointed as Pentagon press secretary on January 14, 2021.

On March 11, 2021, Kirby chastised Tucker Carlson for suggesting that accommodations for women in uniform, particularly maternity wear and haircut regulations, have an impact on the readiness and effectiveness of the US military.

Tucker Carlson slammed Kirby on August 16th, 2021, for claiming that Kabul was not in an “imminent threat environment” even though it was falling to the Taliban.

Biography, Wiki

John Kirby is a retired rear admiral from the United States Navy.
He is currently the US Department of Defense’s press secretary and the secretary of defense’s assistant for public affairs.

Kirby previously worked for CNN as a military and diplomatic analyst.
During Obama’s presidency, he also served as the US Department of State’s spokesperson.

John attended a Catholic high school in Saint Petersburg.
He also has a BA in history, an MSc in international relations, and an MA in national security and strategic studies.

Kirby was commissioned in 1986 at Naval Station Newport.
After nearly three decades of service in the Navy, he retired in 2015, just before being promoted to rear admiral in 2014.

In 2013, John was appointed as the Pentagon’s press secretary.
Following that, he was appointed as the spokesperson for the US Department of State in 2015 and 2021.


John Kirby met his wife while serving in the Navy. He has been happily married to his wife for about 20 years. Admiral John Kirby’s wife’s name is Donna Kirby. She, like John Kirby, is a retired navy veteran. The couple has been married for quite some time. They are the proud parents of two lovely children.


Admiral John Kirby hasn’t shared much information about his family.

But, as far as we know, he has a loving wife and a daughter.
Meagan is his only child, and she is most likely an adult by now.

Kirby maintains two Twitter accounts, @johnfkirby63 and @PentagonPresSec.

He is a fan of Super Bowl Bound and an assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, according to his bio.
He also refers to himself as a father, husband, and former US Navy sailor.


Kirby has received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, among other campaign and service awards.

Net Worth, Salary

Retired as a rear admiral in the United States Navy, and has been the Press Secretary for the United States Department of Defense and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs since 2021. John Francis Kirby has a net worth of $100,000. His monthly salary ranges from $11,073 to $300,332.

Gay Rumors Disproved

The gay rumor about John Kirby started a long time ago.
He was thought to be gay. However, the news about Kirby’s gay claim is completely false.
He has been married to his wife Donna Kirby for over twenty years. At the same time, Kirby is a grandfather and a father to two lovely children.

Quick Facts:

Real NameJohn Francis Kirby
Birth Date1963
Age (as of 2021)58 Years
Birth PlaceSt. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Sun signNot Known
Physical Statistics
Heightin feet inches – 5’ 9” – in Centimeters – 175 cm
Weightin Kilograms – 78 kg  –  in Pounds –  171 lbs
Shoe Size10 (U.S.)
Hair ColorBrown
Eye ColorDark Brown
Body TypeSlim
FatherInformation is not available yet
MotherInformation is not available yet
SisterInformation is not available yet
BrotherInformation is not available yet
SchoolSt Petersburg Catholic High
CollegeUS Naval War College, University of South Florida
Relationship Status
Marital StatusMarried
WifeDonna Kirby
  • Office: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (Since 2021)
  • Previous offices: Spokesperson for the United States Department of State (2015 – 2017), Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (2015 – 2017)
  • Education: Naval War College · University of South Florida · Troy University
  • Allegiance: United States Years of service: 1986–2015
  • Branch/service: United States Navy
  • Commands: Chief of Naval Information

Social Media

John is not known to be active on many social media platforms, but he does have a LinkedIn profile that is kept up to date to maintain professional connections. He has also been on Twitter since 2017, where he currently has 23.6k followers.


As a politician, John has been involved in several controversies when his opinions and words have been in the news.
John McCain referred to him as an “idiot” in 2014 after he claimed that the US was winning the war against Iraq and Syria.
A few years later, in 2016, he made headlines after defending Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, which sparked outrage among the media and public.

In 2021, he was in the news after being chastised by Tucker Carlson for claiming that Kabul was not an imminent threat to the environment, despite the Taliban’s influence in Afghanistan.
Tucker not only criticized the statement but also sparked a heated debate among the public.


  • For his service in the Navy, Kirby was awarded the Navy distinguished service medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
  • In addition, he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
  • Kirby argued against Tucker Carlson’s claim that maternity wear and haircut regulations were affecting military readiness and effectiveness in the United States.
  • As the Pentagon press secretary, John recently held a press briefing to answer strategic and informational questions about the US-Afghanistan situation and the evacuation of US troops.
  • John is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, and his daughter is an athlete and equestrian.


The Pentagon’s John Kirby and Gen. Hank Taylor hold a briefing as the withdrawal from Afghanistan continues.

According to the Pentagon, the number of evacuations from Kabul has increased significantly.

Watch the briefing above in the player.

Army Maj. Gen. William ‘Hank’ Taylor, Joint Staff Deputy Director for Regional Operations, confirmed that 16,000 passengers had left Kabul in the previous 24 hours.

“As of this morning, 25 US military C-17s, three US military C-130s, and a combination of 61 chartered commercial and other military flights had departed Kabul,” Taylor said.

“Of that number, the total passenger count for those flights was approximately 16,000 people.
The US military transported slightly less than 11,000 personnel.”

Taylor also confirmed that five flights with approximately 1300 passengers arrived at Dulles International Airport.

“At this time, military installations and Dulles International are receiving Afghans as they enter the United States,” Taylor explained.

“Among these bases are Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Fort Lee in Virginia, and Joint Base McGuire Dix in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
As well as Fort Bliss, Texas.
The total number of people at these installations is currently around a thousand, and NorthCom is continuing to expand capacity to ensure that they are ready to receive additional flights in the coming days.”

The processing of evacuees, once they reach other countries in the region and Europe, is a major issue in the evacuation operation.
Temporary waystations, including those in Qatar, Bahrain, and Germany, are sometimes at capacity, though new sites, including one in Spain, are being added.

To alleviate this and free up military aircraft for missions from Kabul, the Pentagon activated the Civil Reserve Air Fleet on Sunday.

According to the Defense Department, 18 planes from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, Omni Air, Hawaiian Airlines, and United Airlines will be used to transport evacuees from interim staging areas.

The airlines are refusing to fly into Afghanistan.
The six participating airlines have agreed to help for a little less than two weeks, which roughly corresponds to the currently planned duration of the airlift, which is set to end on August 31.

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