Rear Adm. Tim Kott is the son of a career Naval officer and was born in Newport, Rhode Island. He was commissioned in 1990 upon graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. He is also a 1997 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, with a Master of Science in Management as part of the Financial Management Curriculum, and a 2011 graduate of the National War College with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.
His previous assignments at sea include communications officer and navigator onboard USS Flatley (FFG 21); commissioning combat information center officer of USS Ramage (DDG 61); operations officer of USS Mitscher (DDG 57); operations officer of USS Hue City (CG 66); executive officer and then commanding officer from 2008-2010 of USS Hopper (DDG 70); commanding officer of USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) from 2013-2015.
Ashore, his assignments include the Chief of Naval Operations Staff, Surface Warfare Directorate (N76) as a budget analyst; the Joint Staff, Operational Plans and Joint Force Development Directorate (J7) as combatant commander Joint Exercise Program Manager; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources, Programming Division (N80) as the Ship and Submarine Programs section head, and most recently as the branch head for Program Planning and Development (N801).
During his command of Hopper, Sailors were recognized for their accomplishments with two consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards, 2008 Spokane Trophy Award and the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for Pacific Fleet Destroyers. During his command of Mobile Bay, Sailors were again recognized for their accomplishments with three consecutive Battle Efficiency Awards, the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for Pacific Fleet Cruisers, and the Secretary of the Navy Safety Award for Surface Combatants.
In addition to various unit, campaign, and personal awards, Kott has had the privilege to serve on 11 Battle Efficiency Award winning crews throughout his career.