|CDR Henry "Hank" Kim
Commanding Officer - Gold Leadership
Commander Kim is a native of Los Angeles, California and was commissioned in 1996 from the University of California, Los Angeles NROTC program with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. Specializing in East Asia, he gained fluency in Korean and Japanese.
His first assignment was onboard USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) as Repair Officer and Damage Control Assistant. He next served onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in the Combat System Department, where he qualified as Tactical Action Officer. He was then selected as Flag Aide to Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) before attending the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) where he earned a dual Master’s degree in Operations Research from NPS and a Master’s Degree in Defense Systems & Technology from the National University of Singapore.
CDR Kim returned to sea as Chief Engineer onboard USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) forward deployed to SEVENTH Fleet. He was then assigned as Executive Officer of MCM (Mine Countermeasures) CREW CONSTANT, completing 2 deployments to the Arabian Gulf. His follow on assignment was to the staff of the Commander, Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and FIFTH Fleet as part of the Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) effort.
CDR Kim was next assigned to Commander, U.S. Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) as part of the J8 Resources & Analysis Branch before being selected as the Assistant Executive Officer for the Deputy Commander.
His military decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.