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MARITIME SAFETY AND SECURITY TEAM (MSST) 91109

Command Cadre

Commanding Officer

Captain Timothy Espinoza Commanding Officer CAPT Timothy Espinoza

Captain Timothy J. Espinoza, a native of Delta, Colorado, graduated in 1987 from Mesa College, Grand Junction, Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant into the U.S. Army where he was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas and the First Infantry Division. Captain Espinoza’s ARMY assignments included Platoon Leader for a Mechanized Smoke Platoon followed by a staff assignment as the assistant Operations Officer for the Division’s 1st Battalion 5th Field Artillery Unit. Upon completion of his ARMY obligation, Captain Espinoza returned to Colorado where he graduated with honors from the Colorado State Patrol Academy and was assigned to Trooper duties as part of Troop 5-C in Montrose, Colorado. In 1991, he accepted a Direct Commission into the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Espinoza’s Coast Guard assignments have included Law Enforcement/Operations Officer of Group Fort Macon, North Carolina; Office of Law Enforcement, 5th Coast Guard District; Search and Rescue Controller for the Atlantic Area/Fifth District Command Center, Portsmouth, Virginia; Commanding Officer Station South Padre Island, Texas; Chief, Maritime Law Enforcement School, Yorktown, Virginia and Commanding Officer (Plank Owner) of the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) co-located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Charleston, South Carolina.

Captain Espinoza’s senior officer assignments include Team Chief, within US Northern Command’s (NORTHCOM) Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ), Colorado Springs, Colorado and Commanding Officer, USCG’s Tactical Law Enforcement Team South (TACLET SOUTH). While assigned to NORTHCOM, Captain Espinoza was additionally assigned to duties as J35 (SAR Planner) for Joint Task Force Shuttle in support of NASA and Human Space Flight operations. As Commanding Officer, of TACLET SOUTH, Captain Espinoza’s crew provided specialized Law Enforcement and Maritime Security capabilities in support of National Defense, Counter Narcotics Terrorism (CNT), and Counter Piracy goals.

Captain Espinoza’s previous duty assignment was as Chief, USCG Office of Boat Forces (CG-731), USCG HQ, Washington DC. The Office of Boat Forces enables mission performance in support of the strategic goals of the Coast Guard, providing program standards, competencies and budget coordination necessary to safely and effectively operate the vast array of boats necessary to meet Coast Guard multi-mission requirements.

Captain Espinoza has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Charleston Southern University. Personal and unit awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, three ARMY Achievement Medals, Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, the Commandants Letter of Commendation Ribbon, the Secretary’s Outstanding Achievement Award, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendations, two National Defense Service Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Special Operations Service Ribbon, the Coast Guard Rifleman Ribbon (Sharpshooter), the Coast Guard Pistol Ribbon (Sharpshooter), Coast Guard Boat Force Operations insignia (advanced) and the ARMY Airborne Parachute Badge.


Executive Officer

CDR James Sutton

Executive Officer LCDR Aaron Roe


Command Enlisted Advisor

MECM Michael Foster

Command Enlisted Advisor Master Chief Michael Foster


OPERATIONS Operations Officer CDR Thomas Kuhar
Waterside Division Officer LT Brendan Salemo
Waterside Division Chief BMC Moises Guerrero
Waterside Division Chief BMC Matthew Rogers
MLE/FP Division Officer LT Paul Leon
FUTURE OPERATIONS FUTURE Operations Officer LTjg Ashley Lerner
Future Operations Planning Officer CWO Michael Wood
Training Division BM1 Russell Howard
Armory Support GM1 Gilbert Zepeda
SUPPORT Administration YN1 Travis Gray
Medical HS2 Patrick Mackey
ENGINEERING AEPO ET1 Jeannette Rincon
MK1 Nathaniell Hurtado
MK1 Kyle Brewer
RDLW LT Jason Prairie
LTjg Tenley Barna
CWO Chandler Tyre
BMC Paul Church

 

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