Commander Kevin M. Barres
Commander Kevin Barres assumed his duties as Deputy Commander at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay in June 2017. As such, he helps oversee multi-mission Coast Guard operations in Northern California waters. Prior to fleeting-up to this assignment, he served as the Response Department Head at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay from 2014-2017. Here he was responsible for the oversight and operational readiness of two Coast Guard surf stations, two Coast Guard cutters, and an aids to navigation unit, in addition to a four-helicopter air station. As such, he coordinated all Coast Guard response operations from the California-Oregon border south to the Sonoma/Mendocino California county-line.
Also of note, he served at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center - Mobile, Alabama from 2011-2014 as the MH65 Branch Chief. There he was in charge of developing policy and procedures governing the safe and efficient flight operations for 100 helicopters across eighteen Coast Guard air stations nationwide. Additionally, he was responsible for all initial pilot and aircrew qualifications for the MH65 “Dolphin” helicopter and facilitated annual pilot proficiency training utilizing two state-of-the-art flight simulators to prepare aircrews to fly in the most challenging weather conditions. Prior to the aforementioned assignment, Commander Barres served as the Flight Safety Officer and instructor pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii from 2007 through 2011.
Commander Barres has over eighteen years of Coast Guard flight experience. Having operated aboard numerous Coast Guard cutters, he has patrolled the vast Pacific - south to the tranquil waters of the Galapagos Island and Samoa, westward to the warm waters of the island nation of Micronesia, and to the north of the unforgiving Alaskan waters of the Bering Sea. Amassing more than forty-five hundred rotary wing flight hours, early field assignments include HH65 rescue pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska and HH65 copilot at Coast Guard Group/Air Station Port Angeles, Washington.
Commander Barres earned his commission in 1998 upon successful completion of Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego in 1994. He also holds multiple civilian FAA ratings to include Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI).