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Rear Admiral William G. Kelly
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
U.S. Coast Guard
Rear 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. Rendon
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Rear Admiral Rendon 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 Rendon 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 Rendon 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 Rendon 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 Rendon 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 Rendon’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 Rendon 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 Michael J. Haycock
Director of Acquisition Programs and Program Executive Officer (PEO)
U.S. Coast Guard
Rear 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)
Rear Admiral David Throop
Commander, Force Readiness Command
U.S. Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Throop assumed the responsibilities of the Commander of Coast Guard Force Readiness Command in April 2015. Force Readiness Command is responsible for optimizing human performance throughout the Coast Guard’s workforce. FORCECOM enhances mission execution by providing clear tactics, techniques, and procedures; relevant training, and quality assessments and exercises to enable operational commanders to achieve a cycle of continuous improvements in human performance. He recently completed his assignment as the Executive Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Commandant from 2013 to 2014. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.
Earning his naval aviator wings in 1988 at Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, his other operational aviation assignments include tours as the 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 Air Station San Diego, California.
His other assignments include as the 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 in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He received a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1998 and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2005.
His personal awards include two 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 as well as certifications in the Falcon 20 and a multi-engine instrument rating. (Download the PDF)
Rear Admiral David R. Callahan
Commander, Eighth District
U.S. Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Callahan serves as the Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District headquartered in New Orleans, and is responsible for U.S Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states, including the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Florida to Mexico, the adjacent offshore waters and outer continental shelf, as well as the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee River systems.
His previous Flag assignments include Assistant Commandant for Human Resources-Chief Human Capital Officer, Commander of the Coast Guard’s Personnel Command, and Director of Reserve and Military Personnel Policy in Coast Guard Headquarters.
Rear Admiral Callahan is a Coast Guard aviator with over 30 years of military and civil fixed and rotary wing flight experience. He commanded two Coast Guard Air Stations, to include Air Station New Orleans, and the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL, which in 2005 served as the aviation operations and maintenance hub for the entire Hurricane Katrina response. His command became the largest operational air station in U.S. Coast Guard history, and played a key role in the Coast Guard’s rescue of over 30,000 people in Mississippi and Louisiana. Over the span of his career he served in the Atlantic, Pacific, Great Lakes, and Gulf Coast theaters of operation including Alaska. He led Coast Guardsmen in executing all eleven of the Coast Guard’s statutory missions, to include search and rescue and drug and alien migrant interdiction.
In addition to his operational tours of duty, Rear Admiral Callahan served as Coast Guard Liaison to NATO staff, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy, during the Bosnian conflict. He also served as Chief of Staff for the Ninth Coast Guard District, overseeing all Coast Guard activities in the eight state Great Lakes region, and served as Executive Assistant to the Commandant in Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
A native of Littleton, Colorado, Rear Admiral Callahan graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1982 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, a Masters degree in National Security Studies, and is a 2005 distinguished graduate of the Air War College. He also completed the Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Rear Admiral Callahan’s personal awards include five Legion of Merit Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and various other service and campaign medals. (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
Rear 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)
Rear Admiral Andrew J. Tiongson
Assistant Commandant for Resources and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
U.S. Coast Guard
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)
Rear Admiral Linda L. Fagan
Deputy Commandant for Operations, Policy, and Capabilities
U.S. Coast Guard
Rear 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, WA, Mobile, AL, and New Orleans, LA; 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)
PNACO Peter W. Melera
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Peter W. Melera was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 19, 1942. He was raised in Sharon Springs, New York, where he graduated from high school in 1960 and still owns a home. He attended the Pennsylvania Military College in Chester; the State University of New York at Cobleskill; and the University of Georgia, in Athens, where he obtained a Ph.D. in 1969. Melera has held faculty positions at the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York City; the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland; and is now Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Research at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in Camden, New Jersey, where he is also the Deputy Director for Basic Science at the Cancer Research Institute of Cooper University Hospital.
Dr. Melera joined Flotilla 62, of the [former 3NR] 1SR, in Rye, New York, on July 18, 1974. During the ensuing 21 years, he served in appointed positions at the Flotilla, Division, and District levels and in elected positions at all levels, including serving on the National EXCOMM as NARCO-East and NAVCO from 1992-94. He earned the AUXOP device in 1983 and became certified as an Auxiliary Coxswain in 1985 and a Boat Crew Qualification Examiner in 1987. At NACON 1994, he was elected to the position of NACO for 1995-1996.
The years from 1993 to 1997 saw great changes in the Coast Guard, as required by the Congressional mandate to downsize and streamline. Best business practices were adopted: Total Quality Management (TQM), as formulated by the use of Quality Action Teams (QATs), was implemented service-wide and that by necessity included the Auxiliary. This provided an opportunity for COMO Melera to propose to the National Board an extensive reorganization of the NAEXCOM and the National Staff. Upon approval by the Board and the Commandant, a Directorate style of management, similar to that adopted by the Coast Guard was activated on February 29, 1996, to promote better operational alignment with the parent service. During his term, COMO Melera oversaw the dismantling of the Area Conferences and stand up of N-TRAIN and the National Area Planning Meetings to enhance training and communication at all levels.
On June 27, 1995, Melera, in conjunction with the CHDIRAUX, CAPT. A. A. Sarra, promulgated the Auxiliary Business Description and Direction (ABD&D) that provided guidance for Auxiliarists to undertake Coast Guard missions beyond those historically associated with recreational boating safety, a trend that had been ongoing for a decade. As a consequence of the ABD&D, the Goal Attainment Program (GAP) was terminated, thus freeing Auxiliarists to carry out missions they wanted to do, as opposed to being tasked to carry out more traditional cornerstone missions in order to receive rewards. Thus so-called ?GAP Ribbons? became a thing of the past. Streamlining the Coast Guard also claimed the Second Coast Guard District and due to its closure in 1996, COMO Melera oversaw the merger of the Auxiliary Central and Eastern Areas into the Atlantic Area. In addition, on February 15, 1996, he initiated a monthly, sometimes biweekly, Memorandum for the Commandant on Auxiliary Affairs. This report was sent to all Flags and Senior Executive Service members in an effort to keep the Auxiliary "front and center" with the Coast Guard leadership. The report was also distributed to the National Board and staff to maintain awareness of Auxiliary activities across the organization.
Perhaps COMO Melera's most important contribution to the organization was his testimony on April 25, 1996, to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Coast Guard and maritime transportation, which helped to assure passage of the "Auxiliary Act" into law. This piece of legislation redefined the Auxiliary and provided authorization for the Commandant to utilize Auxiliarists to ". . . assist, the Coast Guard. . .in performing any. . .function, power, duty, role or mission or operation authorized by law," and, most importantly, it provided the legal protection for them to do so. The Act had been in preparation for several years and had first been submitted during COMO Lanz's tour, but it had not moved beyond Committee review. However, as a direct result of the persistence of the Commandant, ADM Robert E. Kramek, and his recognition of the importance of the legislation to the Auxiliary, the Act was packaged as part of the 1997 Coast Guard Budget, and through the efforts of his legal and congressional staffs and in close collaboration with the Chief of the Auxiliary Department of Legal Affairs, COMO Joseph Gordon, and the Act was finally signed into law on October 19, 1996. This was indeed a watershed event for the Auxiliary and laid the legal groundwork for the truly multi-mission organization it is today and further enfranchised it as a member of "Team Coast Guard".
For his efforts during a period of great change for the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and for his strong support of the concept of "Team Coast Guard," COMO Melera was presented with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Distinguished Service Award by ADM Kramek at NACON96.
Presently Dr. Melera continues his service to the Coast Guard as an Auxiliarist, having been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut in 1996. Since 2004, he has chaired its Admissions Committee. He is now the senior member of the board in terms of longevity. In the past he has also been a member of two Dean's Search Committees. Says Melera, "The Academy is a wonderful institution and I have been privileged to serve as a Trustee and to contribute my academic expertise to help its administration, faculty, and staff achieve their mission."
Dr. Melera is married to the former Barbara A. Plantholt of Baltimore, Maryland, with whom he owns the D. Landreth Seed Company. Founded in 1784, it is the oldest seed house in America and the fourth oldest corporation in U.S. history. Together they have four children: three boys and one daughter, and three grandchildren. (Download the PDF)
Mr. Curtis B. Odom
Director of Civilian Human Resources, Diversity and Leadership
U.S. Coast Guard
Curt 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)
Ms. Ellen Engleman Conners
Deputy Director of Governmental and Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Ms. 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 master of public administration from Harvard University (MPA) and her undergraduate degree (BA) 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).
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Mr. Daniel S. Butler
Deputy Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations
U.S. Coast Guard
Mr. Daniel "Dan" S. Butler was appointed Deputy Assistant Commandant, Intelligence and Criminal Investigations and Deputy Director of Coast Guard Intelligence (CGI), on January 15, 2012. CGI is responsible for providing intelligence and criminal investigative support to the United States Coast Guard.
Previously, Mr. Butler served as Director of the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) from February 14, 2011 to January 14, 2012. From February 2006 through February 2011 he served with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) as Chief, Open Source, Document and Media Exploitation (DOMEX) and Foreign Language Exploitation (FLEX) Group (OSDF Group); Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open
Source; and, Senior Advisor for Policy and Oversight (Open Source). The ODNI OSDF Group exercised oversight responsibility for the Intelligence Community's open source enterprise, DOMEX enterprise, and related FLEX activities. Mr. Butler provided guidance and oversight of three national centers – the DNI Open Source Center, the National Media Exploitation Center, and the National Virtual Translation Center. The three centers are responsible for activities in several locations around the United States and overseas.
Prior to joining ODNI, Mr. Butler completed 24 years of service on active duty and as a civilian in the Department of Defense as an intelligence officer, criminal investigator, and administrator. As an active duty naval officer, Mr. Butler served as the tactical airborne reconnaissance pod system (TARPS) intelligence officer in F-14 Fighter Squadron 102 embarked in the aircraft carrier USS America, serving two deployments to the Mediterranean and Northern Arabian Seas. His subsequent active duty assignments included duty at the Headquarters, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, in London, England, as Human Intelligence Requirements Officer, and service as a counterintelligence officer and special agent with the
U.S. Naval Investigative Service in Spain and Greece. Following separation from active duty and graduate school, Mr. Butler managed congressional affairs, public affairs and strategic planning for the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He entered the Senior Executive Service and joined the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) in 2000, serving as AFOSI's Executive Director until joining ODNI in 2006.
A graduate of Columbia University in New York City (Economics), Mr. Butler also earned a Master of Public Administration degree at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence degree at the Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC), Defense Intelligence Agency. He served as an Adjunct Professor at JMIC, teaching graduate courses in Counterintelligence and Ethics in Intelligence. (Download the PDF)
Mr. Gary C. Rasicot
Director of Marine Transportation Systems
U.S. Coast Guard
Mr. Gary Rasicot is Director, Marine Transportation Systems. His directorate is responsible for a wide variety of navigation safety and functions including waterways management, aids to navigation, domestic and polar ice operations, coastal and marine spatial planning, and permitting for bridges that span navigable waters.
In his previous Senior Executive Service position, Mr. Rasicot served as the Director of the Global Maritime Operational Threat Response (MOTR) Coordination Center. As the nation’s primary coordinator of the MOTR process, he was responsible for facilitating the development of interagency approved U.S. government courses of action in response to threats against the United States and its interests in the maritime domain.
Prior to his appointment to the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Rasicot was President and Chief Executive Officer of SureShip, Inc., a national company providing end-to-end e-commerce, inventory management and fulfillment services for major corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurs. Mr. Rasicot served as an active duty Coast Guard officer for 24 years. His military assignments included Chief, Coast Guard Drug Interdiction Program; Liaison Officer to the Joint Staff Counternarcotics Division; Commanding Officer, USCGC Mohawk; Director for Maritime Security Policy, Homeland Security Council at the White House; and Chief of the Coast Guard Office of Counterterrorism and Special Missions. Mr. Rasicot’s final active duty assignment was Deputy Commander, U.S. Deployable Operations Group, where he was responsible for the establishment of the Coast Guard’s single point of control for the staffing, training, and logistics support for deployable capabilities. In his role as Deputy Commander, Mr. Rasicot oversaw the consolidation and daily operations of 27 field units comprised of 3,000 persons.
A majority of Mr. Rasicot’s military career as a senior officer involved the development and implementation of national and Coast Guard policy on national security. He led policy development and coordination efforts of 22 federal agencies that resulted in National Security Presidential Directive 41/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 13, creating the first strategically focused maritime policy for the United States. Additionally, Mr. Rasicot assisted in the interagency development and implementation of the nation's Maritime Operational Threat Response Plan. The plan made an impact in developing interagency cooperation and coordination for U. S. maritime security response efforts for “real world” events. He co-authored the MOTR Forces Plan, which was signed by the President and provides the interagency structure to ensure maritime combating terrorism resource needs are met.
Mr. Rasicot is a 1984 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He holds a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Maryland. (Download the PDF)
Master Chief Leilani L. Cale-Jones
Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer
U.S. Coast Guard
Master Chief Cale-Jones enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in July 1987. Upon completion of basic training, she reported to her first assignment at Station Chetco River in Brookings, Oregon. Her follow-on assignments include Group/Air Station Astoria, National Pollution Funds Center (cm), Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Group Milwaukee, USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB 11), Integrated Support Command Seattle (pf), Yeoman Rating Force Master Chief, Command Master Chief for Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific, Command Master Chief for Coast Guard District 14 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Command Master Chief for Pacific Area. She assumed the duties as the Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard in May 2014.
Master Chief Cale-Jones earned her General Equivalency Diploma (GED) to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard and has gone on to hold a Masters certificate in Quality Systems Management and a Green Belt in Six Sigma and an MBA in Strategic Leadership. Master Chief Cale-Jones is a graduate of the Coast Guard’s Leadership and Management School, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy East, the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy and the National Defense University Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course.
Master Chief Cale-Jones’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with two gold stars and the Operational Distinguishing Service Device, Coast Guard Achievement Medal with two gold stars, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation with one gold star and two Antarctic Service Medals. (Download the PDF)
Mr. Jim Losi
U.S. Coast Guard
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 Francis "Stash" Pelkowski
Senior Reserve Officer, Deputy Commandant for Operations
U.S. Coast Guard
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.
Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara (Ret.)
U.S. Coast Guard
Vice 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
Captain 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
One 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)