Major Kimberly Garbett is an international programs manager at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany.
In her current position, Kim works with the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC), an alliance of defense academies and security organizations from the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) region. Kim’s work facilitates strategic dialogue among international, security-focused organizations and working groups – including Emerging Security Challenges, Security Sector Reform, and Advance Distributed Learning, all dedicated to strengthening defense education and research through cooperation.
Kim has served at several U.S. Air Force bases, supporting Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Air Education and Training Command. She has worked with the White House Press Corps, CNN, FOX, Discovery Channel, and The Learning Channel as well as other international media outlets highlighting women in combat, humanitarian operations, and civil-military cooperation among others.
As assistant professor at Oregon State University, she taught public speaking, leadership, aviation history, and national security. While there, she led the unit’s community service organization to the #1 national ranking two years in a row.
Kim served with U.S. embassies in Paris, Ankara, Vienna, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. In Central America, she worked with organizations conducting counter-narcotic operations, humanitarian relief, and disaster relief missions. In 2006, she spoke about her work at the US Air Force Academy “Heroes of Humanitarian Operations” forum.
In Afghanistan, she supported combat operations as team leader for an information operations fusion cell along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, also conducting numerous humanitarian missions for Afghan women and children. For her work, she earned the Bronze Star, the fifth-highest combat medal.