A native of Louisville, Kevin Kuhens began his sworn law enforcement career as a police officer in Kentucky, followed by a Federal career that spanned three decades. Kevin served as a civilian special agent for two agencies of the US Department of Defense – the Office of Naval Intelligence, Naval Investigative Service (now known as NCIS), and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). He conducted and supervised criminal, counterintelligence, and task force investigations, acted as an undercover agent, directed UC operations, and performed domestic and foreign protective service duties. These activities took place inside the Beltway, throughout the US, and across some two dozen countries, including a one-year tour of duty aboard the aircraft carrier Independence (CV-62) during military operations in Grenada and Beirut.

Throughout his career, Kevin supported the armed forces of the US and numerous allies during overseas combat operations and multinational peacekeeping efforts. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he deployed to the Pentagon to support recovery efforts there. Kevin rounded out his law enforcement career as a supervisory special agent at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia. As the DCIS Director for Training, he oversaw all facets of criminal investigator training, including firearms and defense tactics, for new and experienced agents.