FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT
CAPT Robert J. Tarantino
Chief of Staff
Captain Tarantino is currently assigned as Chief of Staff, Fifth Coast Guard District. His previous assignment was as a Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in Newport, Rhode Island.
Captain Tarantino graduated in 1987 from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science. He also holds a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and attended Harvard University for a National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
His initial assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC ACUSHNET (WMEC 167) homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi. Subsequent afloat assignments include Executive Officer of USCGC CHINCOTEAGUE (WPB 1320) in Mobile, AL, Commanding Officer of USCGC LONG ISLAND (WPB 1342) in Monterey, CA, Executive Officer of USCGC SENECA (WMEC 906) and Commanding Officer of USCGC SPENCER (WMEC 905) both homeported in Boston, MA, and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter RUSH (WHEC 725) homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Shore assignments include tours at the Pacific Area Operations Center and Pacific Area Cutter Management and Operations Staffs in Alameda CA, Chief of Operational Planning and Readiness and Chief of External Affairs on the First Coast Guard District staff in Boston, MA.
Captain Tarantino's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.