Captain Kimball currently serves as the 33rd Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Miami. Following graduation from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, his first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) DILIGENCE (WMEC-616) and the USCGC VIGILANT (WMEC-617), 210-foot medium-endurance cutters out of Cape Canaveral, Florida. In 1992, he served as the Executive Officer of USCGC MUSTANG (WPB-1310), a 110-foot patrol boat home-ported in Seward, Alaska.
He was then assigned to Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida for basic fixed and rotary-wing training in squadrons VT-2 and HT-18. He received his wings of gold in September 1993. Following flight school, he was assigned to Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Oregon as an HH-65 helicopter pilot.
In 1998, he reported to the HH-65 Training and Standardization Branch at the Aviation Training Center (ATC) in Mobile, Alabama. As an instructor pilot, he took part in the transition to Night Vision Goggles for hoisting and shipboard applications. It was there that he received his Master’s degree in Instructional Design from the University of South Alabama and served as the Assistant Chief of the Performance Technology Branch. In 2003, he reported to Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Florida, and then in 2005, he reported to Coast Guard Headquarters as the Chief of the Resource Division in the Office of Aviation Forces. In this position he planned and budgeted aviation resources for 25 Air Stations and 200 aircraft. He distributed 128,000 flight hours yearly, managed over $29M in recurring operating budgets and played a critical role in securing $369M in congressional funding for new projects. These projects included the stand up of the National Capital Region Air Defense Mission, the implementation of the Airborne Use of Force program, as well as the transition to the C-130J and the HC-144A.
In 2008, Captain Kimball reported to the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama as the Executive Officer. He oversaw an $18M budget and over 560 personnel through many significant achievements including the first operational unit to transition from the HU-25 to the HC-144, operational successes during three major Gulf Coast hurricanes, ATC’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the stand-up of the Aircrew Weapons Trainer.
He holds an FAA qualification as a Certified Flight Instructor in rotary-wing aircraft and has held military pilot designations in the HH-65 Dolphin, HU-25 Guardian, and the HC-144 Ocean Sentry. He is a Lifetime member of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls, the Coast Guard’s professional aviation organization.
His personal military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous operational and unit awards.