Commander Daniel W. Kimberly was raised in Boca Raton, Florida and graduated from Purdue University in 1997 with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Law and Society as well as Communications. He also earned a minor in History. After graduating, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for Officer Candidate School and follow-on flight training. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1998.
In December, 1999, CDR Kimberly joined Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2) in Rota, Spain for his first operational assignment. During his tour he qualified as an EP-3E Navigator, Assistant Navigator Instructor, Evaluator, Senior Evaluator, and Mission Commander. While assigned to VQ-2, he led several detachments supporting Operations Inca Gold, Allied Force, Southern Watch, and Northern Watch amassing more than 200 combat flight hours.
After completing his first sea tour, CDR Kimberly reported to the 562nd Flying Training Squadron in San Antonio, Texas as a Navigator Instructor. During his assignment, he served as Schedules Officer, Assistant Flight Commander, Flight Commander, and Training Mission Commander on the T-43 aircraft. CDR Kimberly also earned his master’s degree in Risk Management from The Florida State University during this tour.
In October 2005, CDR Kimberly was selected for the “NFO to Pilot” transition and reported to Flight Training Squadron Two (VT-2) in Pensacola, Florida. He selected maritime multi-engine aircraft and reported to Flight Training Squadron Thirty-Five (VT-35) in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he earned his Naval Aviator wings. After training in the P-3C in Jacksonville, Florida, he reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Two (VQ-2) in Whidbey Island, Washington. During his tour he held the positions of Assistant Maintenance Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. He qualified as an Electronic Warfare Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Mission Commander. While assigned to VQ-2, he led several detachments supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom-P, and Inca Gold. After being selected for Department Head, he was assigned to Special Projects Patrol Squadron Two (VPU-2). At VPU-2, he served as the Training Officer and Maintenance Officer. As the Training Officer, he was responsible for the training and scheduling of all enlisted aircrew and officer aircrew in the squadron. As Maintenance Officer, he was in charge of the largest department in the squadron, totaling over 250 sailors. He was responsible for the maintenance of five P-3C and SP-3C aircraft, leading the squadron in 9,000+ mishap-free maintenance man-hours. Additionally, he flew over 900 combat hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In January 2012, he transferred to COMPATRECONGRU staff in Norfolk, VA. There he acted as the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Readiness Officer and Safety Officer.
In December 2013, CDR Kimberly began training in the Defense Attaché Service to become the U. S. Naval Attaché to Kenya. He served as the US Navy Attaché to Kenya from January 2015 to January 2017. While there he amassed over 400 mishap free flight hours as a C-12 Instructor Pilot and flew missions to over 20 countries throughout Africa.
In January 2017 he reported to the Pacific Missile Range Facility to be the Executive Officer.
He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Medal (Strike Flight, seven awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and various other unit, campaign, and service decorations.