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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.

Command Master Chief

MECM Michael Foster Command Master Chief Michael Foster

Master Chief Michael “Tom” Foster, a native of San Luis Obispo, California, joined the Coast Guard in April 1995 and has been assigned to the following units; USCG Ceremonial Honor Guard Alexandria VA, USCGC Conifer San Pedro CA, MSO/Group Los Angeles – Long Beach, MSST (91103) Los Angeles – Long Beach, MSRT Chesapeake VA, the Deployable Operations Group Arlington VA, and currently serves as the Command Master Chief of MSST (91109) San Diego.

Master Chief Foster’s personal awards include: Three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, three Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation, three Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations, two Coast Guard Unit Commendations, three Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendations, five Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Department of Transportation 9-11 ribbon, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, three Special Operations Service Ribbons, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Coast Guard Expert Rifle Medal, the Coast Guard Expert Pistol Medal, the Tactical Law Enforcement Insignia, the Coast Guard Boat Force Operations insignia, and the Honor Guardsman Badge.

Master Chief Foster and his wife, Leanndra, were married in 1997 and they have two children named Jackson and Remington.

OPERATIONS Operations Officer - CDR Thomas Kuhar
TDT Division Officer - LT Brendan Salerno
DAS Division Officer - LT Paul Leon

Communications & Intelligence Division
Intelligence Officer - CWO TJ Waggoner
Command Security Officer - OSC Constance McCallister

SUPPORT Administration - YNC Brian Applegate
Medical - HS1 Patrick Mackey

MKCS Darcy Collins
MK1 Kyle Brewer

RDLW CWO Joseph Toth
DVC Charles Ashmore

RDLE LT Matt Winter

RDLP CWO Chandler Tyre


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