Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Jonny Kim, who served as a SEAL in Iraq, graduated medical school and is a NASA astronaut candidate.
Jonny Kim was born in Los Angeles, California in 1984. Kim enlisted in the Navy following his graduation from Santa Monica High School. He set his sights on becoming a Navy SEAL and graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training.
Kim served as a special warfare operator to SEAL Team 3 in San Diego, California. He served as a combat medic and sniper on more than 100 combat operations consisting of two deployments to the Middle East. In 2009, Kim enrolled at the University of San Diego through the Navy’s commissioning program. In 2012, Kim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
Kim graduated knowing he would pursue medical school. Kim traced his interest in becoming a doctor to his experiences serving as a combat medic in Ramadi, Iraq. Two close friends were shot and eventually died. However, Kim treated one friend in the field. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. In year one of a four-year residency as a resident physician in emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, NASA selected him to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class.
Kim reported for duty in August 2017 to begin two years of training as an astronaut candidate. Upon completion, Kim started technical duties in the astronaut office while he awaits a flight assignment.
Kim’s military decorations include a Silver Star Medal, a Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V,” a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” a Special Operations Medical Association 2006 Naval Special Warfare Medic of the Year, 2012 Tillman Scholar and various other service awards.
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