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 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.