LTJG Keith Cross, NSCC is a native of West Haven, CT. As a child Keith would enjoy his special trips with his father to the Nautilus Museum. He would enjoy looking at and learning about the different kinds of submarines with his dad. Keith’s father served under the US Air Force, A2C and later became an Electrical Engineer for Southern New England Telephone Company. In 1991 Keith graduated from Platt Regional Vocational Technical High School as an apprentice Electrician. He went on to become a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
In 2015, Keith was introduced to the Naval Sea Cadets when his oldest son enrolled with the Edson Division of New Haven, CT. Keith watched his son flourish in the program. He was so impressed he wanted to get involved and help. Keith started out as a parent volunteer, and then in 2018 he joined as an instructor with the Edson Division. In 2019, Keith transferred to the Nautilus (SSN-571) Division as Auxiliary. He was thrilled to be at the Naval Submarine Base.
In 2020, he was promoted to Instructor. In February of 2021 he was promoted to Ensign and in September of 2021 he was promoted to Executive officer. In March 2022, he assumed command of Nautilus Division SSN 571, and Training Ship Nathan Hale. In February 2023, he was promoted to LTJG. So far, he has currently taken charge of the Submarine Seminar Training for the Northeast Region and assisted with the NSWOC Training at Pugzee Farm for the Northeast Region.
Keith currently resides in Wallingford, CT with his wife, Gina Cross. Together they have 1 cat (Charlie), and 3 dogs (Major, Lizzo, and Julian). Keith is also a proud father of three children. Arthur, a former Petty Officer First Class, in the Edson Division and as of November 2021 an Airman Machinist Mate Second Class in the United States Navy; Megan is currently a sophomore at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT for Sociology minoring in Special Education; Adam is currently in sophomore at Vinyl Tech Regional High School in the machine, tool and die program. Adam is active with baseball, basketball and with his Rifle club. Keith works full time with Metro North Railroad as an electrician in the power department. In his free time, LTJG Cross enjoys going to the shooting range with his children and being a member of the Wallingford Elks.
LTJG Keith has earned the following awards: USNSCC Community Service Ribbon, USNSCC Escort Officer Ribbon in lieu of 5th award, USNSCC 25th and 50th Unit Commissioned Ribbon, USNSCC Unit Commendation Ribbon and USNSCC President’s Service Award in 2020 and 2022.