|Rear Admiral J. David Spade assumed command of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District on May 6, 1996, and was promoted to two-star
admiral in July 1996. He reported to Seattle from counter-narcotics task
forces in Key West, Florida, where he served as Deputy Commander of Joint
Interagency Task Force East, and formerly as Deputy Commander ofJoint Task
Prior to his joint assignments as a flag officer, he was Deputy Chief of
Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Coast Guard, from July 1993 to October 1993.
Previously, he served for two years as Chief, Operations Division, Seventh
Coast Guard District, Miami, Florida, where he was responsible for
counter-drug, migrant interdiction, search and rescue and intelligence
operations. During that assignment, he helped coordinate the rescue of
thousands of Haitian migrants and Cuban refugees.
Rear Admiral Spade is a graduate of the Industrial College
of the Armed Forces (ICAF) at the National Defense University and taught on
the ICAF faculty for two years. Following that assignment, he served as
Chief, Budget Division, Coast Guard Headquarters. He also had prior
Headquarters assignments as Chief, Operational Intelligence Branch,
Intelligence Staff, and as a program reviewer in the Programs Division.
Rear Admiral Spade served aboard six U.S. Coast Guard cutters and
commanded three of them: CGC COURAGEOUS, CGC DILIGENCE, and CGC CAPE SABLE.
Born in Austin, Texas, and raised in Martinez, California, Rear Admiral
Spade entered the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1961 and graduated with honors
in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He earned his Masters
degree in Management from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
California, in 1971. He then taught management and economics at the U.S.
Coast Guard Academy from 1971 until 1976, when he returned to sea duty as
Executive Officer of CGC BIBB.
Among his decorations, Rear Admiral Spade has received the Defense
Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, three Coast Guard Commendation
Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Humanitarian Service
Rear Admiral Spade and his wife, Linda, have two children: Mike, a
graduate of the University of Florida and currently a Detective with the
Polk County Florida Sheriff; and Kristy, a senior (in Public Relations) at
the University of Florida.