Commander Allen Grimes hails from Lexington Park, Maryland and enlisted in the Navy in 1994. He initially attended Naval Aircrewman Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, followed by Aviation Warfare Operator “A” School in Millington, Tennessee.
While enlisted, CDR Grimes served with the VS-38 “Red Griffons” at NAS North Island, as an Airborne Sensor Operator in the S-3B “Viking”. At the end of his 1996-1997 WESTPAC deployment he received a nomination to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, in preparation for an eventual nomination to the Naval Academy the following year. He received his commission from the Naval Academy in May of 2002 with a B.S. in History and selected Naval Aviation.
CDR Grimes was designated a Naval Aviator in July 2004. Immediately following his winging, he reported to VP-30 for initial training in the P-3C “Orion”. His assignment upon completion was with the “Marlins” of VP-40, stationed at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. While at VP-40, CDR Grimes served as the Aviation Electronics Branch Officer, the Strike Pilot, and the Pilot Training Officer while attaining all available pilot qualifications in the P-3 to include the coveted “Taxi Pilot” designation. He completed deployments with the “Marlins” to several garden spots throughout 5th and 7th Fleet AORs to include Ali Air Base in Talil, Iraq. In 2008, CDR Grimes reported to the VT-9 “Tigers”, at NAS Meridian, Mississippi, to fly the T-45C “Goshawk” as a Strike/Fighter Transition Pilot. He stayed with the “Tigers” to instruct student naval aviators, holding multiple standardization qualifications. His positions included IUT Standardization and Student Control Officer.
CDR Grimes transitioned to the Full Time Support Program in 2011. His assignments include a Department Head tour with the VT-3 “Red Knights”. He held both the Reserve Department Head and Operations Department Head positions during his tenure. Additionally, he achieved every qualification possible for the T-6B “Texan II”, the Navy’s newest training aircraft. Following that tour, CDR Grimes reported to Commander, Naval Forces Korea, as the Operational Support Officer. While there, he held positions for Navy Region Korea as both the Physical Readiness Control Officer and the SAPR Program Officer. He most recently served as the Commanding Officer of Naval Operational Support Center, Charlotte, North Carlolina.
He holds an M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College and has accumulated over 2,500 hours piloting various aircraft. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight Award) (three), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two), and the Navy Good Conduct Medal as well as numerous campaign awards. He and his wife are blessed with two wonderful children.