Lieutenant Commander Kimberly M. Mitchell, US Navy
LCDR Mitchell was born in 1971 in DaNang, South Vietnam. She was adopted and brought to the United States in September 1972. Raised in Solon Springs, Wisconsin, she was active in sports, church, 4-H and other community activities.
Upon graduation from high school, LCDR Mitchell was accepted into the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. Selecting the Surface Warfare Community, she was assigned to USS STUMP (DD 978) as the Damage Control Assistant. Following that tour, she was assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4 as a Detachment Officer-In-Charge (OIC) for a detachment of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). Her first shore duty brought her to Washington DC as part of the Washington Navy Intern Program where she completed her Masters of Arts degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University as well as completing three internships in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, the State Department and on the Joint Staff.
Following shore duty, LCDR Mitchell reported to USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37) as the Operations Officer and then reported to Commander Destroyer Squadron 50 home ported in the Kingdom of Bahrain as the Future Operations Officer and Maritime Security Operations Officer.
LCDR Mitchell’s second shore duty again brought her to Washington DC as a Country Program Director assigned to the Navy International Programs Office (NIPO) doing Foreign Military Sales. Following her tour at NIPO, she was selected to be the Military Assistant in the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Following a year in that job, she transferred to the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where she is currently the Deputy Director for the Office of Warrior and Family Support.
LCDR Mitchell’s personal awards include Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, as well as other unit awards. She has also received recognition from the Assistant Secretary of State for her work in Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Operations as well as the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency for her work in Foreign Military Sales.