July 20, 2021: Capt. Robert “Barr” Kimnach lll recently became the new Commanding Officer for Naval Base Ventura County. He succeeds former Commanding Officer, Capt. Jeff Chism, in the position. Capt. Kimnach earned his commission through the University of North Carolina Reserve Officer Training Corps Program in 1998 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1999. He has accumulated over 2800 hours flying operationally in both SH-60B and MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. His ship afloat assignments include Navigator aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Assistant Air Operations Officer aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1). Capt. Kimnach’s sea duty aviation assignments include the “Battlecats” of HSL-43, the “Wolfpack” of HSL-45, and as Commanding Officer of the HSM-49 “Scorpions”, during which the squadron earned its first ever Battle Efficiency Award. He deployed multiple times across THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH, and SEVENTH Fleets in support of various operations including anti-piracy, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Capt. Kimnach’s shore tours include Flight Instructor at HSL-41, Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, Executive Assistant to U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, and N8/9 Experimentation and Requirements for U.S. THIRD FLEET. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University.