CAPT Kevin P Gavin
Commanding Officer, HITRON
Captain Kevin Gavin received his commission from the Coast Guard Academy in 1991. His first assignment was a Deck Watch Officer aboard CGC VIGILANT home ported in Cape Canaveral Florida. Following this afloat assignment, he became a plank owner as the Officer in Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 5-E in Baltimore, MD and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATIONS DESERT STORM/WATCH to enforce UN sanctions against Iraq.
Following selection to flight school, he reported to Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL, where he earned his wings in August of 1996.
Captain Gavin reported to Air Station Savannah, GA and qualified as an Aircraft Commander in the HH-65A. Following his initial aviation tour, Captain Gavin was selected as one of the first set of pilots to transition the Coast Guard’s armed helicopter squadron (HITRON-10) to the Agusta A109E airframe. After receiving initial airframe instruction in Milan, Italy, he reported to Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL to stand-up the squadron. He qualified as Instructor Pilot in the MH-68A and helped develop the Coast Guard’s tactics, techniques and procedures for the Airborne Use of Force – Counter Drug mission.
In 2002, Captain Gavin was selected for the Operations Research, post graduate program and attended George Mason University. Following an assignment to Coast Guard Headquarters, CG-12A Office of Workforce Forecasting and Analysis, he received orders to Group/Air Station Port Angeles as the Operations Officer and helped transition the unit to the first legacy, H-65 Airborne Use of Force – Port, Waterways, Coastal Security mission unit. He fleeted up as the Executive Officer for the disestablishment of the Group and establishment of the Sector Field Office and Air Station before arriving at his last duty station the Personnel Service Center. At the Personnel Service Center – Officer Personnel Management Division, he was the Branch Chief for Officer Evaluations and is the Coast Guard’s Program Manager for the Officer Specialty Management System.
Captain Gavin has a Bachelors of Science degree with Honors in Electrical Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research from George Mason University.
Captain Gavin’s personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, a Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal and a Commandant’s letter of Commendation.