Terres retiring from career in Navy career
A native of Lincolnton, Lieutenant Commander Kimball B. Terres enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1976. He completed basic training at Naval Training Center in Orlando and reported to his first sea duty command aboard USS America (CV 66).
After leaving active duty in 1980, Terres enlisted in the Naval Reserve, serving in Selected Naval Reserve units. He was selected for advancement to Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) First Class Petty Officer in 1982. While serving in the Navy Reserves, he completed a three-year certification program as an Engineering Technical Assistant from Tidewater Community College and a four-year Journeyman Apprenticeship program as Outside Marine Machinist Mechanic in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1984.
In 1987, he rejoined the regular Navy and served aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43) and was selected as Chief Petty Officer in 1993 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71). He reported on staff at Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Fla., as Leading Chief Petty Officer of Physical Training/Swimming and Diving Department prior to his tour as Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) Quality Assurance LCPO aboard USS Independence (CV 62), home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Terres was commissioned Aviation Deck Limited Duty Officer and reported as ALRE Maintenance Officer aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 1999. In 2003, he reported to Naval Air Engineering Center (NAEC) in Lakehurst, N.J., as the Test Site Department Head, Maintenance Officer and Catapult Launch and Recovery Officer. During his tour he became part of the historical event in history by shooting the first catapult shot from the new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch system.
Other operational tours from 2005 to 2012 included: Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer “Shooter” aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); and became the first Aircraft Handling Officer (Handler) aboard USS George H. W. Bush. Terres’ current and finial tour is assignment as the Fleet Introduction Team (FIT) Lead Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System (EMALS) and Advance Arresting Gear (AAG) for Naval Air Systems Command’s ALRE Program Office (PMA 251) at Patuxent River Md.
His personnel awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, seven Navy and Marine CorpsCommendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various campaign and servicemedals. He earned the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist breast insignias and is also certified as a Master Training Specialist.
Terres met his wife in the Navy, the former Suzanne Lavoie of Hampton, N.J. She retired from the United States Navy in 2005 as a Senior Chief Dental Technician after 29 years of service. Kimball and Suzanne have been married for 31 years. They reside in Virginia Beach, Va. They have three children: Bradley M., Dec. 25, 1985, deceased; Brent M., Dec. 25, 1985-Aug. 6, 2008, deceased.
Other family members include: his parents, Gene and Beth Terres; his sister Leslie and her husband Jerry Hoffman and their family; his brother Kendall and his wife Patsy and their family, all of Lincolnton; his sister Anita and her husband Harold Honeycutt and their family of Albemarle.