Rear Admiral Colin G. Chinn
Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Sailors, past and present, and their important contributions to the defense of our nation.
I appreciate the legacy of previous generations in overcoming challenges, which has made it easier for my generation and future generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to succeed in any endeavor.
Q: Why did you decide to join the Navy?
A:My family has a heritage of military service, within the Department of the Navy. My step-father was a Marine veteran of World War II and Korea, fighting in the battle for Tarawa, among other places. My older brother also served as a Marine officer, following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975. I wanted to be a doctor, and so I attended Johns Hopkins University, then took a scholarship to attend medical school through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). There was never a doubt that upon graduation, the service I wanted to join as a doctor was the United States Navy.
Q: Who are the role models or mentors that have influenced you, or helped guide you?
A:Two now retired Admirals come to mind. The first, Rear Admiral Christine Hunter, who commanded Naval Medical Center San Diego, had a significant impact on the direction my career took. She continued her valued mentorship of me as an Admiral, and I credit her guiding influence and leadership in how I approach my work as a flag officer.
The second, Rear Admiral Mike Mittelman, who commanded Naval Hospital Okinawa, taught me the importance of servant leadership, impacting how I approached my mentorship of personnel under my command.