CDR Joshua C. Kinnear
CDR Kinnear is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated with distinction in May 1997 from the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign. He reported to Aviation Schools Command in September 1997, and he, subsequently, was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1999.
After Fleet Replacement Pilot Training, he reported to HM-14 for his initial sea duty assignment in May 2000. At HM-14, he qualified as a Helicopter Aircraft Commander, AMCM Mission Commander, Functional Check Pilot (FCP), Assistant NATOPS Instructor and AMCM Instructor Pilot. Ground duties included Legal Officer, Personnel Officer, Line Division and Aircraft Division Officer, and Squadron NATOPS Officer. During this tour, he deployed twice to the COMFIFTHFLT AOR in direct support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM. He was directly involved in mine clearance operations and logistics support missions to Southern Iraq during the initial phase of IRAQI FREEDOM.
In August 2003, he reported to AWSTS for duty as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. During this tour, he served in the capacity as FRS Tactics Officer, CNAL NATOPS Pilot Evaluator, and command ADMIN Officer. It was during this tour he was qualified and subsequently designated one of the first Sea Dragon Weapons/Tactics Instructors (SWTI) in the HM community.
In May 2006, he reported back to HM-14 as one of the Squadron’s initial WTIs. He deployed twice to the COMNAVSOUTH AOR in support of PANAMEX 2006 and in direct support of HMX-1 in March 2007. He also completed all requirements and was awarded a Master of Arts in National Security and JPME Phase I from the Naval War College distance education program.
In June 2008, he reported to HM-15 for duty as a Squadron Department Head. During this tour, he served as Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Maintenance Officer, Detachment Officer in Charge and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He served as Detachment Officer in Charge for the squadron’s forward deployed 4 aircraft detachment in the COMFIFTHFLT AOR. In the wake of a devastating earthquake in the nation of Haiti, he was hand selected to serve as Detachment Officer in Charge for a short fused two aircraft detachment onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in direct support of Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE.
In June 2010, he reported to the Navy Personnel Command for duty as the HSC/HM Community Air Combat Placement Officer. He also served as Assistant Captain Detailer. During this tour, CDR Kinnear was selected for Aviation Operational Command.
Following his tour at NPC, CDR Kinnear reported aboard Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN in Norfolk, VA in August 2013 as Executive Officer.
His personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Gold star in lieu of 7th award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.