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Humans of the Embassy: Commander Nicholas Kalkas, Assistant Naval Attaché
August 1, 2023

Meet Commander Nick Kalkas, our Assistant Naval Attaché. After an illustrious 20-year career in the U.S. Navy, Commander Kalkas is ready to embark on a new chapter as he bids farewell to his military service.

Hailing from the vibrant city of Chicago, Commander Kalkas was always drawn to the call of the sea. Inspired by his grandfather’s service in the Marines, he set his sights on the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy. What attracted him most to the academy was its unwavering commitment to academic and moral excellence.

Throughout his career, Commander Kalkas sought to find meaning in his work and make a positive impact on the world. He found himself deployed in multiple Middle Eastern countries, including Iraq, where he served with U.S. Special Forces. For him, the best part of the job was the opportunity to connect with locals and truly understand the intricacies of the communities he encountered. It was through these experiences that he learned to see neighborhoods rather than just countries.

In 2020, he arrived in Singapore to assume his role as Assistant Naval Attaché. He has played a crucial role in strengthening the defense partnership between the United States and Singapore working closely with the Ministry of Defence. His dedication to his role and his commitment to fostering cooperation have not only enhanced bilateral ties but also contributed to maintaining stability and promoting peace in the Asia-Pacific region. His extensive knowledge and expertise in naval affairs have been invaluable assets, enabling him to navigate complex challenges and forge partnerships built on trust and mutual respect. Singapore’s rich culture and diverse culinary scene have left a lasting impression on Nick and his family. He will undoubtedly miss the warm camaraderie with the people in Singapore and the tantalizing flavors of hawker food, with his family’s particular favorite hawker stall being Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao.

Commander Kalkas’ dedication to service, coupled with his strong moral compass, has been a driving force in his pursuit of making the world a better place. As he looks back on his military career, he is grateful for the opportunities he had to serve his country and engage with diverse cultures around the globe. He sought to find meaning in the work he did and strived to leave a lasting legacy wherever he served. Whether it was working alongside international partners or engaging with local communities, Commander Kalkas always sought to make the world a better place.

As we bid farewell to Commander Nick Kalkas, we honor his extraordinary career, his unwavering dedication, and his inspirational leadership. He has served his country with distinction, embodying the values of honor, courage, and commitment that define the U.S. Navy.

Join us in congratulating Commander Nick Kalkas on his remarkable achievements and wishing him the very best as he embarks on the next chapter of his life!