Prior to being assigned to Sector Miami, Captain Scraba was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters as the Executive Assistant to CG-8, Assistant Commandant for Resources/ Chief Financial Officer from June 2008 to June 2010. Captain Scraba has served for eleven years afloat in numerous positions aboard five Coast Guard cutters and two U. S. Navy ships. His first assignment in 1985 was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC TANEY (WHEC 37); from 1990-93, he served as Weapons Department Head aboard USCGC DALLAS (WHEC 716); during the fall of 1992, he served as Operations Officer for Coast Guard Forces Middle East aboard USS LASALLE in Bahrain; from 1995-97, he served as Commanding Officer aboard the USCGC PADRE (WPB 1328); from 2000-02, he served as Executive Officer aboard the USCGC TAMPA (WHEC 902); and from 2005-2007, he served as Commanding Officer aboard the USCGC HARRIET LANE (WMEC 903). During September 2005, he embarked in USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) where he served as Coast Guard Commander, Atlantic Area's USCG Liaison Officer during the first few weeks of Hurricane Katrina rescue operations in New Orleans, LA.
Captain Scraba's operational ashore and other administration assignments include Fifth District (D5) Office of Law Enforcement as the Law Enforcement Detachment Coordinator from 1987-1988. From 1988-1990 he served as the D5 Living Marine Resource and Fisheries Enforcement Coordinator as well as an Intelligence Officer upon his graduation from the Criminal Investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in Glynco, GA. From 1993-95, he commissioned and served as the first Commanding Officer of Tactical Law Enforcement Team North, in Portsmouth, Virginia. From 1998-2000, he served as the Program Manager of Coast Guard Port Security Units at Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Defense Operations (CG-532). From 2002-05, Captain Scraba served as Chief, Enlisted Assignments Branch, Coast Guard Personnel Command (CGPC-epm-2), where he managed thirty Assignment Officers with the challenging responsibility of assigning the 33,000 members of the enlisted workforce to over 1,000 Coast Guard units.
Captain Scraba is a 1985 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. In 1995 he was awarded a Master of Public Administration degree in International Relations with Highest Honors from Troy State University. In 1998 he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. In June 2008, he was awarded a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Wash, DC. Captain Scraba's personal military awards include three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, one Navy Achievement Medal, and two Coast Guard Letters of Commendations.