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Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711)


CG-711's mission is to provide Coast Guard aviation with capability in the form of resources, doctrine, oversight, and training programs to support safe and effective execution of Coast Guard missions.

Chief, Aviation Forces

Captain Joe B. Kimball  

As the Chief of the Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711), Captain Kimball is responsible for providing aviation capability in the form of resources, doctrine, oversight, and training programs to support safe and effective execution of Coast Guard missions.  He previously served as the Chief of the office of Requirements and Analysis (CG-771).  Prior to that assignment, Captain Kimball served as the 33rd Commanding Officer of Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Florida, where he led more than 300 people, five HH-65s, and five HC-144s flying more than 9,200 hours annually in support of the Seventh Coast Guard District and Atlantic Area.  He was instrumental in the operational effectiveness of the new HC-144 Ocean Sentry performing Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and other Homeland Security missions.   

He has served in a variety of operational and staff tours during his career, including Executive Officer of Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Alabama, where he oversaw an 18 million dollar budget and over 560 personnel through many significant achievements including the first operational unit to transition from the HU-25 to the HC-144, operational successes during three major Gulf Coast hurricanes, ATC’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the stand-up of the Aircrew Weapons Trainer.  He was Chief of the Resource Division in the Office of Aviation Forces, where he planned and budgeted aviation resources for 25 Air Stations and 200 aircraft.  He played a critical role in the stand up of the National Capital Region Air Defense Mission, the implementation of the Airborne Use of Force program, as well as the transition to the C-130J and the HC-144A.  He was an assistant Operations Officer at Air Station Miami and prior to that an HH-65 instructor at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama where he helped in the transition to Night Vision Goggles for hoisting and shipboard applications.  It was there that he received his Master’s degree in Instructional Design from the University of South Alabama and served as the Assistant Chief of the Performance Technology Branch.  His first flying tour was as a duty standing pilot at Group Air Station North Bend, Oregon.   

He attended Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida for basic fixed and rotary-wing training in squadrons VT-2 and HT-18 and was designated Coast Guard Aviator #3211 in September of 1994.  He has held an FAA qualification as a Certified Instrument Flight Instructor in helicopters and has held military pilot designations in the HH-65 Dolphin, HU-25 Guardian, and the HC-144 Ocean Sentry.  

Captain Kimball’s afloat tours include Deck Watch Officer onboard the USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC-616) and the USCGC VIGILANT (WMEC-617), and Executive Officer of USCGC MUSTANG (WPB-1310), a 110-foot patrol boat home-ported in Seward, Alaska. 

A native of Spokane, Washington, Captain Kimball graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. His personal military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (3), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous operational and unit awards. 


Deputy Chief, Aviation Forces

Captain Flip P. Capistrano 


Captain Capistrano graduated in 1995 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science.  Upon commissioning, he served as a Deck Officer and Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding officer on the cutter THETIS home-ported in Key West, Florida. He was subsequently assigned to Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team Gulf. As Officer-in-Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 8-Charlie, he conducted counter-drug operations throughout the Caribbean Sea and Latin America on U.S. allied naval warships.  In 1998, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.  After selection to U.S. naval flight training and designation as a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, he served at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey. Aside from standing duty as a Search and Rescue (SAR) pilot, he was the Homeland Security Officer following the September 11th attacks. In 2005, he was assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico where he conducted SAR and alien migration interdiction operations.  Selected to serve in the elite cadre of HH-65 Instructors as a fleet standardization pilot/flight examiner, he was the HH-65 Branch Operations Officer at Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Alabama during Deepwater Horizon. In 2011, he was selected to be the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis in Washington DC.  Captain Capistrano leveraged Coast Guard Intelligence capabilities and was a conduit to information sharing among the intelligence community in support of homeland security in the maritime domain.  In 2013, he returned to Puerto Rico to serve as Executive Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen. 


Captain Capistrano is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Aviation Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC.  In this capacity, he manages all of Coast Guard aviation’s current and strategic programs for Rotary-Wing (RW), Fixed-Wing (FW), and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to include personnel, training, facilities, and policies.  He holds FAA Commercial Pilot licenses/certificates for FW, RW, and remote UAS airframes. 


Captain Capistrano earned a Master of Science degree with honors in Military Strategic Intelligence from American Military University. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College’s Joint Professional Military Education and U.S. Naval Post Graduate School’s Aviation Safety Officer programs.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and three Coast Guard Commendation Medals.

Contact the Office of Aviation Forces:


Commandant (CG-711)
Office of Aviation Forces
U.S. Coast Guard STOP 7331
2703 Martin Luther King JR Ave SE
Washington D.C. 20593-7331


Office: (202) 372-2207

Fax: (202) 372-2907


YN1 Fred Johnson, Administrative Assistant