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Rear Admiral William G. Kelly
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
U.S. Coast Guard


RADM KellyRear Admiral William G. Kelly assumed the duties of the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources (CG-1) in April of 2016. In this capacity, he is responsible for implementing the vision for human capital management; to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse, proficient, and effective workforce to meet the current and future needs of the Service's nearly 60,000 member active duty, reserve, and civilian workforce.

Rear Admiral Kelly oversees the Coast Guard's human resources field activities, from accession of new military personnel to retirees’ pay and benefits. He is responsible for the Coast Guard’s health, safety, and work-life programs, sexual assault prevention/response victim support, and leadership and diversity initiatives. He serves as Chair of the Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees, Diversity and Inclusion Chief, Warranting Officer Human Systems Engineering, and President of the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Board. His previous Flag assignment was as the Commander, Personnel Service Center.

Rear Admiral Kelly is a 1987 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and he earned his Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Design from Florida State University and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. He has extensive experience in personnel development as the Director of the Coast Guard’s Leadership Development Center in New London, CT and also served as the School Chief for Officer Candidate School. For his work in providing distributed leadership training across the Service, he was awarded the Federal Government Distance Learning Association Diamond Award for Leadership in Distance Learning.

While serving in Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Training and Performance, he led significant improvements to personnel policy, which enhanced the performance of Coast Guard Surfman, crews of the Buoy Tender fleet, and had lasting impact on the overall training and development for the Service’s workforce. Serving as the Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Recruit Training Center Cape May, he championed quality of life improvements to the base infrastructure that provided staff and instructors with a modernized Training Center. Additionally, he led significant upgrades to the recruit training curriculum that enhanced the operational readiness and professionalism of over 20% of today’s enlisted Coast Guard members.

Rear Admiral Kelly is a Cutterman with over ten years of service at sea, including two command tours in CCG Seneca and CGC Monomoy. As Executive Officer in CGC Spencer, he prepared and successfully led the crew for deployment with the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, CGC Spencer stood the watch protecting the ports of New York and Boston in the days following the attacks of September 11th. Rear Admiral Kelly’s major awards include the Legion of Merit (3), Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (6), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the permanent Cutterman’s Pin. (Download the PDF) 


Rear Admiral James E. Rendón
U.S. Coast Guard Academy


RendónRear Admiral Rendón assumed the duties of the 41st Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June 1, 2015. He reported to the Academy after serving as Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West), the U.S. Pacific Command's executive agent for planning and conducting counter-drug strategy in an area of operations covering more than 105 million square miles.

Prior to this assignment, Rear Admiral Rendón served as Assistant Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, the Superintendent’s direct representative to oversee day-to-day operations. Prior to his first Academy assignment, he served as Director of Staff to the Vice Commandant.

Rear Admiral Rendón is a surface operations specialist with a diverse list of assignments over his 28 year Coast Guard officer career. He served as Commander, Sector Northern New England in Portland Maine, as well as, Chief Response, Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Rear Admiral Rendón is a cutterman with afloat tours as Deck Watch Officer aboard Durable, a 210-foot cutter home-ported in Brownsville, Texas; Executive Officer aboard the Patrol Boat Ocracoke in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Commanding Officer of the Surface Effect Ship Petrel in Key West, Florida. Other operational ashore assignments consist of staff advisor, Seventh Coast Guard District Intelligence and Law Enforcement Branch in Miami, Florida, Operations Officer for Group Key West, Florida, as well as Commander, Coast Guard Group Mayport in Northeast Florida.

Rear Admiral Rendón served as Aide de Camp to the 20th Commandant of the Coast Guard. He also completed a Congressional Fellowship in our nation’s Capital, where he worked for the House of Representatives, Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, followed by a two-year assignment as Drug Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House.

Rear Admiral Rendón’s personal awards include a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (6), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and a variety of other unit awards and service ribbons. He is authorized to wear the Cutterman’s Insignia and the Boat Forces Operations Insignia.

A 1983 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Rendón holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He also completed study at the National War College, Class of 2005, where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy. (Download the PDF) 


Rear Admiral Melvin W. Bouboulis
Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics
U.S. Coast Guard


Rear Admiral Melvin W. Bouboulis Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Bouboulis currently serves as the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4) as the Coast Guard’s “Chief Engineer.” In this role, he is responsible for all naval, aeronautical, civil and industrial engineering and logistics for the service’s 23,000 facilities, 230 ships, 1,800 boats and 200 aircraft. He is also responsible for executing an annual budget of $1 billion, and leads 5,000 personnel assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters, Aviation Logistics Center, Surface Forces Logistics Center, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center, and the CG Yard. He previously served as the USCG District Eight Chief of Staff, supporting U.S. Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states including the Gulf coastline from Florida to Mexico, the adjacent offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and Tennessee River.

Prior to that, Rear Admiral Bouboulis served as the Chief, Office of Aeronautical Engineering, responsible for all aeronautical engineering and aviation logistics for the Coast Guard’s 200 operational aircraft, $345 million annual budget, 1,500 member workforce, and $1.4 billion aviation materiel inventory. His previous assignments include: Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, where he led 244 active duty, civilian and Auxiliary members providing aviation services for Coast Guard missions in the Eastern Caribbean; Logistics Department Head, Air Station Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Enlisted Personnel for Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, responsible for all logistics support for 15 outlying units along 350 miles of the Texas coast from Mexico to Port O’Conner, Texas; Aeronautical Engineer at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama; Product Line Manager for the C-130 Hercules Combat Search and Research (CSAR) Military Transport Aircraft at Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center, Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Assistant Engineering Officer, Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Oregon; Communications and Law Enforcement Officer, Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, Louisiana; Flight Training, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida; and Operations and Deck Watch Officer, USCGC Conifir, Long Beach, California. Rear Admiral Bouboulis flew as an operational pilot at all of his aviation field assignments and participated in the historic Katrina response. He has qualified in the H-65 (A, B, and C models), HH-60J, and HC-130 aircraft accruing over 4,000 total flight hours. Rear Admiral Bouboulis graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1987. He earned a Masters of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 2000, maintains DHS Acquisition Program Manager Level II certification, and holds Private, Commercial Airplane, Helicopter, and Airline Transport Pilot licenses. (Download the PDF) 

Dr. Gladys Brignoni
Deputy Commander, Force Readiness Command
U.S. Coast Guard


Dr. Gladys Brignoni Dr. Gladys Brignoni assumed the duties of Deputy Commander, Force Readiness Command and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Chief Learning Officer (CLO) in November 2011. She is responsible in supporting operational readiness through training, leadership development, assessments, major contingency exercise supports and tactics, techniques and procedures. As the USCG CLO, she oversees the formal training world-wide enterprise composed of 8 national training and 12 regional, specialized training sites as well as manages the Service-wide voluntary education and tuition assistance programs.

Previously she served as the Executive Director at the Navy Warfare Development Command where she administered all services, contracts, requirements and programs to include doctrine development, Fleet Synthetic Training, and Modeling and Simulation that directly supported the fleet all over the world.

In 2009, Dr. Brignoni was the Facility Support Services and Contract Manager for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic. There she led the regional acquisition strategic plan and resource management (totaling over $1.5 Billion) for installations located throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. Prior to that, Dr. Brignoni was the Executive Director at the Center for Naval Intelligence (CNI) where she served as principal advisor to the Commanding Officer on all matters relating to the Center’s mission, program goals and objectives. She successfully adapted curriculum content and delivery to increase student throughput and decrease academic attrition.

Other career highlights include assignments as the Learning Standards Officer at CNI, the Education and Institutional Assessment Specialist at the Joint Forces Staff College, and the Language and Cross-Cultural Training Staff Specialist at the Peace Corps. She served as Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University, where she directed the teacher certification program and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition.

Dr. Brignoni, a native of Puerto Rico, holds a B.A. from Purdue University, a M.A.T. and a Ph.D. in Education from Indiana University. She is a member of the Defense Acquisition Workforce as a certified Facilities Engineer and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. (Download the PDF) 

Ms. Ellen Engleman Conners
Deputy Director of Governmental and Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard


Engleman ConnersMs. Engleman Conners' government service includes serving as the Chairman and Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as Administrator of the Research and Special Programs Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation, as the Deputy Bureau Chief of Enforcement at the Federal Communications Commission, and as Director of External Relations for the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC).

Ms. Engleman Conners also served as a public affairs officer (PAO) in the US Navy Reserves (1999-2008) for the Chief of Naval Information (CHINFO) at the Pentagon.

In the private sector, Ms. Engleman Conners was President and CEO of Electricore, Inc. a research consortium for advanced technology R & D for hybrid electric drive and alternative energy; CEO of the Indiana Realtors Association, a 20,000 member association; Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Direct Relief International; and Governmental Affairs Executive and Public Affairs Manager for GTE North, Inc. (now Verizon). She is an active community volunteer and has served on numerous boards of directors for community organizations.

Ms. Engleman Conners was awarded the Secretary of Transportation's 9-11 Medal and the U.S. Coast Guard medal for public service. She received Aviation Week's Safety Laurel, the National Business Traveler's Founders Award and the Harrison Award for Public Service for her work as Chairman of the NTSB and the NASA JSC Director's Commendation for her accomplishments as director of the JSC external relations.

Ms. Engleman Conners has a law degree (Juris Doctorate) from Indiana University, a masters of Public Administration from Harvard University (MPA) and her undergraduate degree (B.A.) in English and Communication Media from Indiana University. She is a member of the Indiana Bar and received accreditation (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America (APR). (Download the PDF) 

Rear Admiral Linda L. Fagan
Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy, and Capabilities
U.S. Coast Guard


MetruckRear Admiral Fagan serves as the U. S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy & Capabilities, where she is responsible for establishing and providing operational strategy, policy, capability and resources to meet national priorities for U. S. Coast Guard missions, programs and services.

Rear Admiral Fagan’s prior flag officer assignments include service as the First District Commander from May 2014 through May 2016. In this role, she oversaw all Coast Guard missions across eight New England states and over 2,000 miles of Coastline while commanding more than 11,000 active duty, reserve, civilian, and auxiliary personnel, and employing 30 cutters, 200 boats, and 8 aircraft. She also previously served as the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters, United States Northern Command, advising the USNORTHCOM Commander on all operational matters and providing strategic guidance to plan and execute all NORTHCOM missions.

Rear Admiral Fagan’s 31-year career has taken her to all seven continents, from the snows of Ross Island, Antarctica to the heart of Africa, from Tokyo to Geneva, and many ports along the way. Prior to assignment to NORTHCOM, she served as the Commander, Sector New York. Sector New York is the Coast Guard’s largest shore-based operational unit with responsibility for all Coast Guard missions in the greater New York metropolitan area and as far north as Albany. Additional operational assignments include service as a deck watch officer on board the USCGC Polar Star; Marine Inspector positions in Puget Sound, Washington, Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans, Lousiana; Industry Training with the New Orleans Steamboat Company; Chief of Port Operations at Marine Safety Office Savannah; and Executive Officer-Marine Inspection Office/Activities Europe in Rotterdam. Rear Admiral Fagan’s staff tours include Executive Assistant to the Commandant and Vice Commandant and Division Chief of the Foreign and Offshore Compliance Office.

Rear Admiral Fagan has extensive interagency as well as intergovernmental experience. She has worked with both the International Maritime Organization and International Labor Organization on flag state and port state issues, including the development of the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS), and the Consolidated Maritime Labor Convention.

Rear Admiral Fagan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Her awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation medals, and the Arctic and Antarctic Service medals. (Download the PDF) 

Rear Admiral Michael J. Haycock
Director of Acquisition Programs and Program Executive Officer (PEO)
U.S. Coast Guard


HaycockRear Admiral Haycock currently serves as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Acquisition Programs and Program Executive Officer (PEO). His duties include management oversight of all Coast Guard acquisition programs and projects for the modernization and recapitalization of surface, air, command and control, and logistics assets in support of the Coast Guard's multiple maritime missions.

Prior to assuming PEO duties, Rear Admiral Haycock was the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, and Chief Engineer. In that role, he oversaw all naval, civil, aeronautical, and industrial engineering and logistics for the Coast Guard’s 23,000 facilities, 230 ships, 1,800 boats and 200 aircraft. He also served as Commander of the Surface Forces Logistics Center, where he managed Depot Level Maintenance, Engineering and Supply Chain Support, and Technical Information Services necessary to maintain the Coast Guard’s 1.5 million operational mission hours each year.

As PEO, Haycock returns to the Acquisition Directorate where he previously held positions as the Surface Domain Deputy Project Manager and the National Security Cutter Project Manager. Rear Admiral Haycock received his Level III DHS Program Manager Certification in January 2008.

Rear Admiral Haycock, a permanent cutterman with over 11 years of sea service, has served afloat as Damage Control Assistant aboard USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10), Assistant Engineer Officer aboard USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719), Engineer Officer aboard cutters Mellon (WHEC-717), and Polar Sea (WAGB-11) and as Executive Officer and later Commanding Officer of USCGC Sherman (WHEC 720).

Rear Admiral Haycock's other tours ashore include Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific as the Icebreaker Support Section Assistant, Naval Engineering Support Unit Seattle as the Project Manager for the Polar Console Renewal Project, and as Commanding Officer of the Naval Engineering Support Unit Honolulu.

He is a native of Delavan, Illinois, and graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He later earned a Master of Science Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992.

Rear Admiral Haycock's military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Operational Device, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Operational Device, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Antarctica Service Medals, Arctic Service Medal and several other unit and service awards. (Download the PDF) 

Mr. Jim Losi
U.S. Coast Guard


Losi Jim has had 25 years of private sector experience in senior leadership positions in financial services along with 14-plus years of higher education experience. Simultaneously, he has had almost 40 years of experience serving and working on numerous domestic and international nonprofit and NGO boards, conducting donor trips and chairing and hosting fund raising events. Starting in 1987, he has engaged in emergency relief work in a variety of venues to include Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2005, he has worked on development aid and national security projects for selected African governments, a variety of NGOs and selected government agencies. Service to others is an important part of his life’s mission.

He currently serves on the boards of the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Catholic Institute for LaSallian Social Action. Past board service has included Gardens for Health International, Rwanda; CARE; UNCF; the American Red Cross; Make A Wish Foundation; the Stupski Family Foundation; Enable USA and was an early founding board member of Guidestar. He was also the President of the Charles Schwab Corporation Foundation from 1998 to 2001. Lastly, he has chaired many community events including the Celebrity Pool Toss and San Francisco Fleet Week.

Jim has a very long history of being an avid fundraiser having raised over $20M for a broad range of causes and NGOs. This has been accomplished mainly through donor education trips throughout the developing world He remains active in the international development community where he continues to be called upon by government and nongovernmental agencies to assist in crafting development aid strategies mostly in Africa.

Jim founded two nonprofit organizations. In 1995, he founded the Kundebana Foundation, a nonprofit development agency focused on solving the issues facing child-headed households in Rwanda and Central Eastern Africa. Kundebana is the Kinyarwanda word for “I love children.” In 1999, he founded The Foundation for The Prevention of Child Abuse, an international agency dealing with child abuse legislation and issues. Additionally, he created and currently leads the Rwanda Opportunity Fund, which offers credit and venture capital to young Rwandan entrepreneurs.

He has been on the faculty of St. Mary’s College of California since 2010 where he has been teaching undergraduate and graduate students studying international development aid in Rwanda. His study abroad program in Rwanda has garnered much international interest. He has also taught Africa-oriented courses at UC, Berkeley and Cal State University. He has written extensively on the plight of child-headed households in Sub-Saharan Africa along with several articles on service learning amongst college students in the developing world.

In 2003, Jim attended the University of California, Berkeley where he earned two M.A. degrees in Political Science and International and Area Studies and was a Rotary Peace Fellow focusing on development issues in Africa. He attended the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 2004 to conduct his research. His research has focused on the issue of the child-headed households in Sub-Saharan Africa and the associated security risks. He also holds an M.B.A. in Finance (’80).

Jim is an active member of the USCG Auxiliary where he has had many positions serving at the Flotilla, Division and District levels. In October, 2015, he received the Auxiliary Cutterman device in a ceremony aboard the CGC Aspen where he continues to serve.

Lastly, Jim was born and raised in New York. He has been married to Beverly Losi for 43 years and lives in Danville, California where they have raised their three children and enjoy their grandson, Lukas. Additionally, while not officially adopted, Jim and his wife have substantially raised two Rwandan children. (Download the PDF) 

Rear Admiral Kevin E. Lunday
Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command & Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Technology (C4IT)
U.S. Coast Guard


LundayRear Admiral Lunday commands Coast Guard Cyber Command and also serves as the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (C4IT).

As Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, he is responsible for delivering effects in and through cyberspace to operate and defend Coast Guard networks, enable Coast Guard operations and protect the maritime transportation system. As the Assistant Commandant for C4IT, he is responsible for the management and oversight of all Coast Guard C4IT operational, business, and infrastructure assets.

From June 2014 to Jul 2016 Rear Admiral Lunday served as the Director of Exercises and Training (J7), U.S. Cyber Command where he was responsible for joint training of the Cyber Mission Force and delivery of a trained and ready cyberspace forces for the Department of Defense.

He served as the Executive Assistant to the 24th Commandant from 2011 to 2014. Prior to that, he served as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Atlantic. Rear Admiral Lunday has also served in a variety of legal, intelligence and operational assignments in the Coast Guard, including command afloat and ashore.

Rear Admiral Lunday is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy and a graduate of the Naval War College (College of Command and Staff). He holds a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

He is Judge Advocate and licensed to practice law in Virginia and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Individual military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (4) with Operational Distinguishing Device and Coast Guard Achievement Medal (2) with Operational Distinguishing Device. He is the recipient of the 2004 U.S. Intelligence Community National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction. He is also the recipient of the 2005 American Bar Association SCAFL Outstanding Military Service Career Judge Advocate Award. (Download the PDF) 

Mr. Curtis B. Odom
Director of Civilian Human Resources, Diversity and Leadership
U.S. Coast Guard


OdomCurt Odom assumed the duties of the Coast Guard’s Director of Personnel Management on March 16, 2009. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as Deputy Director of Personnel Management on April 1, 2007. He is currently the Director of Civilian Human Resources, Diversity and Leadership. Mr. Odom oversees the Coast Guard’s Civilian Human Resources Office, Diversity Staff, Workforce Planning Staff and the Leadership and Professional Development Staff. He leads a staff of over 180.

Mr. Odom retired from active duty with the Coast Guard at the rank of Captain. He had various assignments throughout his career including, Executive Officer, Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, New Jersey and Coast Guard Support Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. While serving at the Support Center he was selected as the outstanding military officer of the year by the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Executive Board. His Coast Guard Headquarters assignments include Chief, Office of Leadership and Diversity, Reserve and Training Directorate and Ethnic Policy Advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard as a member of the Diversity Management Staff. Mr. Odom also completed a ten-month fellowship with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group before assuming command of the Coast Guard’s only Recruit Training Center, Training Center Cape May, New Jersey. With a staff of over 500 military and civilian personnel, Training Center Cape May graduated approximately 5,000 military members each year that are assigned to Coast Guard units all over the world. He is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees.

Mr. Odom is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government. He also has a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His personal awards include two Legions of Merit and two Meritorious Service Medals. (Download the PDF) 

Rear Admiral Francis "Stash" Pelkowski
Senior Reserve Officer, Deputy Commandant for Operations
U.S. Coast Guard


Pelkowski As the Deputy Commandant for Operations (DCO) Senior Reserve Officer (SRO), Rear Admiral Pelkowski facilitates the operational readiness of 7,000 reservists to be prepared to respond to emergencies, domestically and abroad. Prior to that, he served as the Atlantic Area SRO and currently sits on the CG Academy Board of Trustees. He also serves as a member of the DoD Reserve Forces Policy Board, an independent advisory board that recommends reserve component strategies, policies, and efficiencies to the Secretary of Defense.

Rear Admiral Pelkowski enlisted in 1980 and became a coxswain operating the 44’ motor life boat and 41’ utility boat performing law enforcement and search and rescue missions. After commissioning, he completed seven years of sea-service as a Deck Watch Officer on various cutters. Later, he completed tours as a Coast Guard Group-Operations-Center Controller and later as the Joint Operations Officer for a U.S. Navy Coastal Warfare Harbor Defense Unit. The Admiral also served as the Reserve Chief of Prevention and as the SRO at Sector New York, one of our largest field Commands. After that, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 5th Coast Guard District where he qualified and filled-in for the Active Duty Chief of Staff. In 2010, he was given Command of the CG Joint Staff Unit which provides CG expertise to DoD’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. During that tour he simultaneously held a second command, being the first CG reservist to be offered a NATO leadership position directing Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, and CG reservists to advance NATO initiatives as the Commanding Officer of NATO’s “Joint Reserve Unit.” He then moved to CGHQ’s serving as the Senior Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO).

Rear Admiral Pelkowski’s mobilizations include performing rescue and recovery operations after the TWA Flight 800 aircraft casualty, providing force protection to U.S. Navy Battle Groups in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and providing command and control for Navy Inshore Boat Units during NATO and U.S. military troop/cargo off-loads in foreign ports in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks as part of DoD’s Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2008, he performed six months of active duty at CGHQ’s as the Chief of the Office of Reserve Affairs (CG-131), providing overall program management for the 8,000 member reserve force and overseeing its $132M budget. In 2011, he was mobilized as the U.S. federal government’s lead Project Officer to ready the nation to respond to environmental threats to U.S. waters from a potential oil spill from Cuba’s new offshore oil exploration program.

Rear Admiral Pelkowski’s civilian experience complements his Coast Guard work. This includes sailing as a “hawse pipe” Deck Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine and ultimately rising to the rank of Master-Mariner. He also earned a 3rd Assistant Engineer’s license and sailed as an engineer. He came ashore and held numerous positions for several U.S. Flag commercial vessel operators which included Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and ultimately corporate President. In 2009, he accepted a full time appointment as a Professor at New York Maritime College working to develop the next generation of maritime operators and industry leaders.

Rear Admiral Pelkowski earned a Juris Doctor Degree from N.Y. Law School, an MBA from the N.Y. Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from N.Y. Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. He has studied at the National Defense University, Naval War College, Army War College, and the Joint Forces Staff College. He has earned licenses to practice law in the States of NY and NJ and his awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, CG Meritorious Service Medals (4), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, CG Commendation Medal, and the CG Basic-Training Honor Graduate Ribbon. He qualified as a U.S. Navy Expeditionary Battle Watch Commander and has earned the USCG Coxswain, Permanent Cutterman, and Advanced Boat Force Operations Insignias plus DoD’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

Rear Admiral David Throop
Commander, Thirteenth Coast Guard District
U.S. Coast Guard


Throop Rear Admiral David Throop serves as the Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District headquartered in Seattle. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific Northwest which includes protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving the living marine resources, and promoting national security. The Thirteenth District spans over the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and includes more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 nautical mile international border with Canada.

In order to accomplish the Coast Guard’s missions in the Pacific Northwest, the Thirteenth District is home to approximately 1,746 active duty, 133 civilian, and 456 reserve personnel, three Sectors, three Air Stations, a Marine Safety Unit, a Maritime Force Protection Unit, 15 multi-mission small boat stations, four Aids to Navigation Teams, 12 patrol boats, and three Aids to Navigation Cutters. In addition to maintaining operational control over all Coast Guard activities in the district, Rear Admiral Throop is responsible for cultivating efficient and effective relationships with numerous other federal, state, and local agencies, elected officials, the tribal nations located in the Pacific Northwest, and with the Coast Guard’s international counterparts.

Earning his naval aviator wings in 1988 at Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, his operational aviation assignments include tours as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Commanding Officer of Air Station Traverse City, Michigan; Operations and Executive Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia; H65 helicopter standardization and instructor pilot at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama; and as a duty pilot at Coast Guard Group/Air Station San Diego, California.

His other assignments include Commander of Coast Guard Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM), Executive Assistant to the Commandant, Executive Assistant to the Vice Commandant, Chief of officer personnel at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center, a policy analyst for the Office of Plans, Policy and Evaluation at Coast Guard Headquarters; platform manager for the C130J aircraft during initial acquisition and as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

A native of Burton, Michigan, RDML Throop graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

His personal awards include three Legions of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals with “O” device, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and various unit and service commendations. He has accumulated over 3,900 flight hours and has an FAA commercial pilot’s license in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. (Download the PDF) 

Rear Admiral Andrew J. Tiongson
Assistant Commandant for Resources and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
U.S. Coast Guard


Tiongson Rear Admiral Andrew Tiongson serves as the Assistant Commandant for Resources and Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard. In this capacity, he is responsible for all budgetary, financial and resource management activities relating to the programs and operations of the Coast Guard. As a component of the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard is comprised of a nearly 60,000 member active duty, reserve and civil servant workforce with an annual budget of $10 billion.

Rear Admiral Tiongson is a career cutterman whose time at sea spans five Coast Guard cutters and one U.S. Navy ship. His afloat career began in 1989 onboard USCGC Escanaba (WMEC 907). Most recently, in 2015, he commissioned USCGC James (WMSL 754), bringing the Coast Guard’s fifth National Security Cutter into service. While serving onboard USS Normandy (CG-60) as part of the U.S. Coast Guard - U.S. Navy exchange program, he deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. He has served in four command cadre positions afloat: Executive Officer onboard USCGC Mohawk (WMEC 913) and Commanding Officer onboard USCGC Nantucket (WPB 1316), USCGC Legare (WMEC 912) and USCGC James (WMSL 754).

Rear Admiral Tiongson has served in a variety of key staff positions, including two positions in acquisition projects. First, he served as the Assistant Project Officer for the $30 million Configuration Management Project, transforming shipboard logistics and maintenance management. Later, he served as the Assistant Project Manager for the nearly $1 billion Rescue 21 project, the largest command and control project in Coast Guard history. Rear Admiral Tiongson served two different tours in the Office of Budget and Programs as a Budget Coordinator/Program Reviewer and the Office Chief. He served in the Office of Congressional Affairs as the Senior Policy Advisor on domestic and international drug issues and Veterans’ Affairs to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard where he supported the Commandant and Vice Commandant on strategic policy and budget matters.

Rear Admiral Tiongson’s personal awards include two Legions of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the U.S. Navy Achievement Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation and various Service and unit awards. He is a permanent Cutterman and has earned the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer designation.

Rear Admiral Tiongson is a 1989 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds two Master degrees from The George Washington University: Mechanical Engineering and Environmental and Energy Management. He was also a System Design and Management Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned a Master of Science in Engineering and Management, a joint degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Engineering School. He also completed MIT’s one-year Seminar XXI program on foreign politics, international relations and the national interest. (Download the PDF) 

Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden
Command Master Chief, Deputy Commandant for Missions Support (DCMS)
U.S. Coast Guard


Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden Master Chief Vanderhaden assumed the duties of Command Master Chief, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS) June 14, 2016. CMC Vanderhaden serves as the senior enlisted advisor for the over 14,000- person organization that delivers the systems and people that enable the Coast Guard to perform its operational missions. He advises DCMS on strategic vision, goals, and objectives in all facets of mission support including human resources, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology and security. CMC Vanderhaden is also responsible for mentoring Senior Enlisted Leaders throughout the DCMS enterprise while providing guidance pertaining to the command’s mission, vision, core values, commander’s intent and enlisted utilization.

Command Master Chief Vanderhaden is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in May of 1988. Master Chief Vanderhaden’s previous assignments include Command Master Chief Pacific Area, Command Master Chief 13th Coast Guard District, Command Master Chief Base Honolulu, Chief Petty Officer Academy, USCGC Reliance, Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, USCGC Active, Air Station Humboldt Bay, USCGC Cheyenne, Air Station Clearwater, LORAN Station Iwo Jima, FS “A” School, Station Jones Beach, and Station Short Beach.

Master Chief Vanderhaden’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and other personal and service awards. He has earned a permanent Cutterman insignia, Boat Forces Operations insignia, and a Command Master Chief (Gold Badge) insignia.

Master Chief Vanderhaden is a graduate of Class 114 of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, the National Defense University’s Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Course, and other service-related schools. Master Chief Vanderhaden holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College. (Download the PDF) 

Special Representatives 

Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara (Ret.)
U.S. Coast Guard


Brice-OHaraVice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara retired from a 37-year career in the United States Coast Guard in 2012. In her final assignment, she was the service's 27th Vice Commandant.

Vice Admiral Brice-O’Hara’s other Flag level assignments included: Deputy Commandant for Operations, overseeing the strategic integration of operational missions and the optimization of policy development and mission execution consistent with the service’s national priorities; Commander of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District and Deputy Commander for East Asia – Pacific Engagement, managing operations across nearly 12.2 million square miles of the central Pacific Ocean; Director of Reserve and Training where she developed policies to recruit, train, allocate, and support over 12,000 Coast Guard ready reservists, and oversaw all Coast Guard training facilities; Commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District, managing operations along the mid-Atlantic sea coast; and Director of Personnel Management, administering an extensive range of service-wide human resource programs.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Goucher College, which later awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. She also has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and a second Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Vice Admiral Brice-O’Hara’s personal awards include a Distinguished Service Medal, five Legions of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.

Captain John Maxham (Retired)
U.S. Coast Guard


ByrdCaptain Maxham is an ex-officio member and immediate past chairman of the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

Captain Maxham graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1966. Following graduation, he reported to the CGC Duane as a shipboard engineer. After a tour in Vietnam, he completed graduate school at MIT and returned to the Academy as an engineering instructor. He then spent fifteen years in the marine safety program. His senior assignments included: Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Center; Chief, Marine Technical and Hazardous Materials Division, CG Headquarters; and Head of the Academy’s Engineering Department.

After his Coast Guard retirement in 1996, Captain Maxham spent four years in the private sector before returning to the Academy as the Alumni Association’s Vice President for Development. During his tenure from 2000 until his retirement in 2011, the Association raised more than $25 million in gifts to support the Academy and, under his direction, completed the successful Alumni Center and Leadership 44 coastal sail training vessel campaigns. During his time on the Association’s Board of Directors, the Association developed and launched a $30 million comprehensive campaign to support the Academy and the Corps of Cadets.

Captain Maxham resides in Stonington, Connecticut, with his wife, Rosalie. He enjoys traveling and spending time with their two children and four grandchildren. (Download the PDF) 

Dr. Richard W. Schneider
Norwich University


SchneiderOne of the longest seated college presidents in New England, Dr. Richard W. Schneider proudly carries on the tradition Norwich University founder Alden Partridge began over 193 years ago of developing “citizen soldiers.” Through his experience in the military and academia, as well as his service in the U.S. Coast Guard, Dr. Schneider epitomizes Norwich’s special and unique traditions.

A native of Queens, New York, Dr. Schneider is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He was commissioned as an ensign in the Coast Guard and served eight years of active duty, including a tour in Vietnam. Dr. Schneider retired from the Coast Guard Reserve as a Rear Admiral.

In July 1992, Dr. Schneider became the 23rd President of Norwich University. Since then, he has championed Norwich’s charge to distinguish the university in the marketplace of higher education institutions.

Dr. Schneider has worked with Norwich’s Board of Trustees to create a comprehensive strategic plan for the university entitled NU2019. This document articulates the course Norwich will take in its quest for excellence in academia, student life, improved national brand, and improved financial security for the year 2019, as the university starts the third century of fulfilling its mission of service to its students and the nation.

During Dr. Schneider’s tenure, Norwich University has seen major improvements on multiple fronts. Academically, four undergraduate colleges now offer 33 different majors. Seventy percent of Norwich students graduated in the top half of their high school class. Under his tutelage, the acceptance rate to the university has dropped to 56% and an Honors Program has been instituted.

In an effort to internationalize the campus, various programs at Norwich are now offered to give students the opportunity to study abroad, and to study with others who come to Norwich from overseas.

In addition to Norwich’s undergraduate programs, the Norwich College of Graduate and Continuing Studies offers, online, nine master’s degree programs, two graduate certificates and a bachelor’s degree completion program. Over 1,100 students are enrolled in these programs.

Under President Schneider's leadership, the National Center for the Study of Counter Terrorism and Cyber Crime at Norwich University was created in federal statute. The center is part of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI), a separate non-profit research and development corporation under the direction of the Norwich University Board of Trustees. NUARI has conducted more than $50 million in externally funded research. Norwich created an Office of Academic Research in 2007 with over $10 million in funded projects over the past seven years.

The Corps of Cadets currently stands at approximately 1,500 members; and the university commissions into all military services. Norwich’s Army ROTC program, the University’s largest, regularly falls behind only West Point in the number of new lieutenants who head out to various stations across the world each spring.

Three separate capital campaigns under Dr. Schneider have raised over $135 million to date. These funds have been used to enhance academic programs and scholarships, as well as to add brick and mortar improvements to the campus. Since 1992, Norwich has seen the construction of the Kreitzberg Library, the Kreitzberg Arena, the Engineering, Math and Science Complex, Bartoletto Hall, the Sullivan Museum and History Center, the Wise Campus Center, the South Hall civilian dormitory, the Doyle Hall athletic complex connector, the Shaw Outdoor Center, the wood chip biomass plant, Haynes Family Stadium, the renovation of Sabine Field and the completion of our second new civilian dormitory, Dalrymple Hall.

With Dr. Schneider’s guidance and direction, Norwich University continues to produce our nation’s leaders who excel in fields of battle as well as in corporate boardrooms.

Dr. Schneider lives in Woodbury Hall in Northfield with his wife, Jaime. During his spare time he enjoys being with his 15 grandchildren. (Download the PDF)