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Kimber followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by joining the United States Navy. Kimber's grandfather served as Assistant Surgeon aboard USS ARIZONA (BB 39) in 1935 and later served as Surgeon with the 4th Marines stationed in Shanghai, China. In 1942 his grandfather was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines and subsequently died in a POW camp in 1945.

Kimber's father received his commission in the United States Navy July 1941 and was stationed as a Flight Surgeon aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (CVL 24). During his tour onboard, the USS BELLEAU WOOD participated in operations on Tarawa, Wake Island, The Marshall Islands and The Battle of the Philippines.

Kimber EnlistmentKimber enlisted in the United States Navy on November 26, 1982 and beginning his career at the Recruit Training Command in San Diego, California. After graduating Basic Training he attended Basic Hospital Corpsman School at the Naval School of Health Sciences in San Diego, California. Following graduation, his first assignment was to the Naval Hospital Orlando, Florida where he received his training as an Emergency Medical Technician and was promoted to Petty Officer Third Class. His next tour of duty was aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) home ported out of Norfolk, Virginia. He served three years onboard completing two Mediterranean Cruises. He also earned his Aviation Warfare Specialist designation and was meritoriously promoted to Petty Officer Second Class. Kimber's next assignment was to the Naval Hospital at Portsmouth, Virginia where he was assigned to Surgical Support Team Six. Shortly after reporting he was deployed onboard USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7) for a six month Mediterranean Cruise during which time he earned his Surface Warfare Specialist designation.

Kimber's next assignment was back at the Naval School of Health Sciences in San Diego, California where he attended Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman School and was promoted to Petty Officer First Class. Following graduation he was assigned as the Senior Medical Representative onboard USS REID (FFG 30), a ship with a crew of more than 250 and no physician home ported in San Diego, California. During his first Western Pacific deployment he saved the life of a critically ill sailor resulting in a massive rescue operation involving 90 personnel from seven different commands including units from the Navy, Coast Guard, and Air National Guard that earned him the Meritorious Service Award from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and the Navy Commendation Medal awarded by Vice Admiral Robinson. While onboard USS REID Kimber was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

Kimber was next assigned as the Senior Medical Instructor at Fleet Hospital Operations and Training Command, Camp Pendleton, California where he taught "Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties" and earned his Master Training Specialist designation. During this tour he helped implement exportable training and began taking the training to Naval Hospitals and Army Commands throughout the country.

Kimber's final assignment was onboard USS ELLIOT (DD 967) as the Senior Medical Representative for a crew of more than 450 home ported in San Diego, California. While onboard he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and earned his designation as Officer of the Deck Underway. Kimber completed three Western Pacific deployments to include his final deployment following the attacks on September 11th. USS ELLIOT was deployed almost immediately following the attacks to the Arabian Gulf in direct operations supporting the Global War on Terrorism. USS ELLIOT was critical in intercepting numerous vessels carrying suspected terrorists attempting to flee to safe haven in Yemen and Northern Africa. Kimber retired on November 30, 2002 after 20 years of active duty service. Upon his retirement Kimber received Letters of Appreciation for his service from President George H. Bush, President William Clinton, President George W. Bush, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer.

Kimber's awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star), Navy Achievement Medal (two Gold Stars), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Kuwait Liberation Medal along with several Unit Commendations and Letters of Commendation.

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