Meet the NSTI Officer In Charge
Captain Leslie A. Kindling, MSC, USN
Captain Leslie A. Kindling, MSC, USN, was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and attended Fairview High School outside of Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. At Case she was a three-sport varsity athlete, earning nine All-American awards in Track & Field and winning two NCAA National Championships. She earned a Master of Science at the University of Oregon in Eugene where she participated in Army ROTC and served as a volunteer assistant Track & Field coach. She began her naval career as a Lieutenant Junior Grade at Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, Rhode Island, in 1998.
CAPT Kindling then reported to Naval Operational Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Florida for initial Aerospace Physiology Training. Upon graduation as Naval Aerospace Physiologist #237, CAPT Kindling proceeded to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for Aerospace Physiology Internship at the Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) and was promoted to Lieutenant on 1 February 2000. While at ASTC Miramar, she stood up the ASTC Assistant Director billet before transferring to Marine Aircraft Group Thirteen (MAG-13) forward deployed in the North Arabian Gulf. CAPT Kindling acted as the MAG-13 Director of Safety and Standardization and Aviation Safety Officer for nearly 12 months out of her 2½-year tour as Aeromedical Safety Officer. CAPT Kindling proceeded to the Marine Corps’ graduate-level weapons school, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One in Yuma, Arizona in August 2005. She was one of the first female instructors at the school and served as the Night Imaging and Threat Evaluation Laboratory Program Manager. She was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 1 November 2006. Additional duties included serving as the Technical Area Expert for Laser Threats and for Night Vision Devices. In December 2009, CAPT Kindling reported to Naval Air Station Jacksonville where she served as ASTC Director. She was promoted to Commander on 1 September 2011. Captain Kindling served as the Aeromedical Safety Officer for the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Safety Division), the Chair of the Navy and Marine Corps Laser Safety Review Board, and as Naval Aerospace/Operational Physiology Program Assistant Specialty Leader from July 2012 to August 2016. From August 2016 to March 2019, CAPT Kindling was assigned to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as Branch Head and Aerospace/Operational Physiology Program Manager. Additionally she served as the Program Manager for the Naval Aviation Survival Training Program and as the Specialty Leader for the Naval Aerospace/Operational Physiology Specialty. She was promoted to Captain on 1 December 2018.
CAPT Kindling has logged more than 1,000 flight hours in over 12 type/model/series aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps. Her decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Presidential Unit Citation and Fleet Marine Force Ribbon. She is a bike commuter, avid runner, and has completed 100-mile and 100-kilometer ultra-marathons. Her passion for service extends into her volunteer work with Honor Flight Southland and World TEAM Sports.