FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT
CAPT Paul F. Thomas
Chief of Staff
Captain Paul Thomas assumed the duties as Chief of Staff, Coast Guard Fifth District in July 2013, where he serves under the District Commander overseeing all Coast Guard missions in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States, including the National Capital Region (NCR) and 1.5 million square miles of the Atlantic Ocean. In his previous tour he served as the Director for Inspections and Compliance at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC., where he was responsible for policy and budget related to implementation of U.S. Flag State and Port State compliance and investigations activities aboard vessels and port facilities, and for credentialing merchant mariners. He has also served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship at Coast Guard Headquarters.
A specialist in Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection he has served at the Marine Safety Center in Washington DC, Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay, CA., Marine Safety Detachment Port Canaveral, FL, and Marine Safety Office Jacksonville, Fl. He has also served as Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Galveston, TX, and as Commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, FL.
His other tours include Military Assistant to the Director of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, Commanding Office in USCGC CAPE ROMAIN and Operations Officer in USCGC BLACKHAW.
A licensed Professional Engineer, Captain Thomas is a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2005 he completed a National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and in 2010 he served as a Senior Fellow to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXIX). His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Transportation 9/11 Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.