Jonathan Yong Kim
February 5, 1984
|Alma mater||University of San Diego (B.A.)|
Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
|U.S. Navy Special Warfare Operator (SEAL)|
|Selection||NASA Group 22|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Unit|| U.S. Navy SEALs
|Awards|| Silver Star Medal|
Bronze Star Medal with Combat V
National Defense Service Medal
Jonathan Yong Kim is an American physician, Navy SEAL, and NASA astronaut candidate of the class of 2017. He is a recipient of the Silver Star and a Bronze Star, and a graduate of the University of San Diego and Harvard Medical School.
Jonathan Kim was born on February 5, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. His parents emigrated from South Korea in the 1980s. In 2002, he graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California, and enlisted in the US Navy.
After completing basic training, Kim graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training (BUD/S) class 247. After completing SEAL Qualification Training, he was assigned as a Special Warfare Operator to SEAL Team Three. He served as a combat medic and sniper on more than 100 missions on two deployments to the Middle East. He was part of Task Unit Bruiser (Delta and Charlie Platoons of SEAL Team 3), and served with Jocko Willink, Chris Kyle, Marc Alan Lee, Kevin Lacz, and Michael A. Monsoor. In 2009, Kim enrolled at the University of San Diego, where he joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) and graduated summa cum laude in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics. Kim joined the Navy Medical Corps, and earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School in 2016. Kim was a resident physician in emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital until his astronaut selection.
Kim's interests include spending time with his family, volunteering with non-profit veteran organizations, and academic mentoring.
Awards and honors
- Garcia, Mark (September 21, 2018). "Astronaut Candidate Jonny Kim". NASA. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- "Jonathan Yong "Jonny" Kim". Biographies of U.S. Astronauts. Spacefacts. September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
- "Jocko Willink Tweet".
- Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved September 13, 2018.