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CAPT MartinoCaptain Joe Kimball

 As the Chief of the Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711), Captain Kimball is responsible for providing aviation capability in the form of resources, doctrine, oversight, and training programs to support safe and effective execution of Coast Guard missions.  He previously served as the Chief of the office of Requirements and Analysis (CG-771).  Prior to that assignment, Captain Kimball served as the 33rd Commanding Officer of Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Florida, where he led more than 300 people, five HH-65s, and five HC-144s flying more than 9,200 hours annually in support of the Seventh Coast Guard District and Atlantic Area.  He was instrumental in the operational effectiveness of the new HC-144 Ocean Sentry performing Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and other Homeland Security missions. 

 He has served in a variety of operational and staff tours during his career, including Executive Officer of Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Alabama, where he oversaw an 18 million dollar 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 was Chief of the Resource Division in the Office of Aviation Forces, where he planned and budgeted aviation resources for 25 Air Stations and 200 aircraft.  He played a critical role in 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.  He was an assistant Operations Officer at Air Station Miami and prior to that an HH-65 instructor at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama where he helped 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.  His first flying tour was as a duty standing pilot at Group Air Station North Bend, Oregon.   

He attended Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida for basic fixed and rotary-wing training in squadrons VT-2 and HT-18 and was designated Coast Guard Aviator #3211 in September of 1994.  He holds an FAA qualification as a Certified Flight Instructor in helicopters and has held military pilot designations in the HH-65 Dolphin, HU-25 Guardian, and the HC-144 Ocean Sentry.   

Captain Kimball’s afloat tours include Deck Watch Officer onboard the USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC-616) and the USCGC VIGILANT (WMEC-617), and Executive Officer of USCGC MUSTANG (WPB-1310), a 110-foot patrol boat home-ported in Seward, Alaska. 

A native of Spokane, Washington, Captain Kimball graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. His personal military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (3), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous operational and unit awards.  Captain Kimball and his wife Shelley have two children, Joe and Gracie.



Last Modified 7/20/2015