A native of Orange County, California, Capt. Kranz graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1997. He began his Navy career through the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program and earned his commission as an Ensign at Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. He completed his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at UC San Diego in 2008.
Capt. Kranz graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida and was accepted for transfer to the Civil Engineer Corps in 1999. His first CEC assignment was at Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan where he served as planning team lead for host-nation funded projects. In 2001 he reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) ONE in Gulfport, Mississippi, serving as Assistant Operations Officer, Air Detachment Officer-in-Charge, and Charlie Company Commander, deploying in support of peacetime missions and joint operations as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM – Philippines. Afterwards, he reported to I Marine
Expeditionary Force (MEF) at Camp Pendleton, California in 2003 as the Naval Construction Force Liaison Officer, completing back-to-back deployments to central and western Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2005 he was assigned to Naval Base Coronado in San Diego, serving as both Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction and Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division director. He returned to the Seabees in 2008 as the Training Officer and OIC of Task Force Sierra for NMCB SEVEN in Gulfport, deploying in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2010 Capt. Kranz transferred to NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida as Public Works Officer for the Navy’s busiest air station. He reported to CNIC and NAVFAC Headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013, serving as Asset Management Branch Head and CNIC AM Liaison Officer. In 2016 he was assigned to Norfolk, Virginia as the Assistant Operations Officer and North Integrated Product Team (IPT) lead for NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, supporting seven Public Works Departments across Navy Region Mid-Atlantic’s massive northern area of responsibility. He served as the Naval Station Norfolk Public Works Officer from June 2018 to May 2020, providing NAVFAC products and services to the Navy’s busiest and most operationally complex installation.
Capt. Kranz assumed duties as Executive Officer for NAVFAC Europe Africa Central in May 2020.
Capt. Kranz is a Seabee Combat Warfare officer, a member of the Acquisition Corps, and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. He has earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Joint Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and campaign awards.

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