Kimura said his wife has already started looking for their new home in Port Huron. A native of Grand Rapids, she's excited to be coming home to Michigan.
"I personally love it up there as well," Kimura said.
The U.S. Coast Guard rotates assignments depending on the position. The Hollyhock commander is assigned to the ship for three-year stints.
Cmdr. Tim Brown will be leaving the Hollyhock to become the Coast Guard Academy planning officer in New London, Conn.
Kimura, 36, is currently the director of law enforcement, maritime security and defense operations executive assistant at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. A 1998 graduate of the academy, he's previously been stationed in Honolulu and Astoria, Oregon. He also spent two years on the cutter Mackinaw in Cheboygan as executive officer.
The Hollyhock was in Grand Haven for the 2012 Coast Guard Festival.