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Commanding Officer




CDR Kinsey

CDR Robert J. Kinsey

Commanding Officer

CDR Kinsey is a permanent Cutterman with over 11 years of sea service including afloat tours as Deck Watch Officer/Assistant Navigator aboard USCGC FORWARD in Portsmouth, VA, Executive Officer aboard USCGC CHANDELEUR in Miami, FL, Operations Officer aboard USCGC VALIANT in Miami, FL, Commanding Officer of USCGC SAPELO in San Juan, PR, Executive Officer aboard USCGC RESOLUTE in St Petersburg, FL and USCGC MORGENTHAU in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has conducted afloat operations including: search and rescue, alien migration interdiction, homeland security, counter-narcotic operations and national defense missions from the Northern reaches of the Bering Sea to South America and the Middle East.

His accomplished shore side assignments include: Officer in Charge of Law Enforcement Detachement 406 and 401 at Tactical Law Enforcement Team South in Miami, FL, where he deployed worldwide with United States Naval assets conducting tactical counter drug and counter terrorism missions. Intelligence Directorate Targeting Chief at Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, FL where he provided intelligence products supporting the efficient tactical employment of U.S. and Partner Nation air and marine assets conducting counter illicit trafficking missions spanning a 42 million square mile area of responsibility. As Sector Intelligence Officer at Sector New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, he supervised the creation of the Gulf Coast Joint Intelligence Group that combined analytic resources and radically improved information sharing among interagency partners along the Gulf Coast Region, as well as spearheaded the implementation of the nation’s first operation supporting cyber intelligence to Prevention Operators nationwide.

A native of Logansport, Indiana, CDR Kinsey graduated from the University of Louisville in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and earned a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College in 2010. He most recently earned the title of USCG Intelligence Fellow after completing the 2016 Intelligence Fellowship Cohort that included a 12 month project focused on intelligence support initiatives to improving Cyber security in the maritime transportation system.

He has been awarded the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal (3), the United States Navy and Marine Corps Achiement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon as well as several unit and service awards. In 2015, He was named the District Eight Intelligence Officer of the Year and was voted by his peers to receive the USCG Prospective Commanding/Executive Officer’s Course’s Newcomb Award (Formally known as “Top Conn”) in 2016.

CDR Kinsey is married to the former Autumn Reed of Muscatine, Iowa and together they have three children, Max (6), Finn (2) and Zoie (6 months).

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