Jonny Kim

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Jonny Kim
Jonny Kim portrait.jpg
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Candidate
Born Jonathan Yong Kim
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Current occupation
Previous occupation
University of San Diego (B.S.)
Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
Rank Lieutenant, USN
Selection NASA Group 22

Jonathan Yong Kim is a NASA astronaut candidate of the class of 2017. He is a Navy SEAL with over 100 combat operations. He is a recipient of the Silver Star and a Bronze Star (with Valor device). He completed a degree in Mathematics graduating summa cum laude from the University of San Diego, and a doctorate from Harvard Medical School.


Kim was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He trained and operated as a Navy SEAL, completing more than 100 combat operations and earning a Silver Star and Bronze Star with Combat "V". Afterward, he went on to complete a degree in Mathematics at the University of San Diego and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He was selected in 2017 to join NASA Astronaut Group 22.

Personal life[edit]

Kim's interests include spending time with his family, volunteering with non-profit veteran organizations, academic mentoring, working out and learning new skills.


He graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California, 2002. Kim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, summa cum laude from the University of San Diego, 2012. He also earned a Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, 2016. Kim served his medical internship at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, 2017.

Military experience[edit]

Kim enlisted in the Navy as a Seaman recruit following graduation from Santa Monica High School. After Navy boot camp, Kim reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) training at Coronado, California, and graduated from BUD/S class 247. After completion of SEAL Qualification Training, he was assigned as a Special Warfare Operator to SEAL Team THREE. He served as a combat medic, sniper, navigator and point man on more than 100 combat operations spanning two deployments to the Middle East before accepting the Navy’s commissioning program in 2009. Kim was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) into the Medical Corps following graduation from the University of San Diego in 2012. At the time of his selection to the Astronaut Program in June 2017, Kim was a resident physician in emergency medicine with Partners Healthcare at Massachusetts General Hospital.

NASA experience[edit]

Kim reported for duty in August 2017 to begin two years of training as an Astronaut Candidate. Upon completion, he will be assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office while he awaits a flight assignment.

Awards and honors[edit]

U.S. military decorations
Silver Star
Bronze Star with Combat "V"
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V"
Combat Action Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal
U.S. Service (Campaign) Medals and Service and Training Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Badge
Navy Pistol Marksmanship Badge
U.S. badges, patches and tabs
U.S. Navy SEALs Special Warfare insignia.png SEAL Trident
United States Navy Parachutist Badge.png Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Army Parachutist Badge
USAF - Occupational Badge - High Altitude Low Opening.svg Military Freefall Parachutist Badge

Special Operations Medical Association 2006 Naval Special Warfare Medic of the Year; 2012 Tillman Scholar.[1][2]


  1. ^ Garcia, Mark (2017-06-06). "Astronaut Candidate Jonny Kim". NASA. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 
  2. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved 8 June 2017.