Captain Lutes currently serves as the 35th Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Miami. Prior to assuming command of Air Station Miami, Captain Lutes served as the Seventh Coast Guard District Incident Management Branch Chief, responsible for Search and Rescue, Maritime Environmental Protection and Maritime Environmental Response in the Southeast United States and the Caribbean Basin including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and over 15,000 miles of coastline. In this capacity he oversaw Coast Guard operations that saved or assisted over 5,000 lives and $200 million in property annually. He also served as the Co-Chair for Regional Response Team IV and the Caribbean Regional Response Team for coordinating Federal unity of effort in planning, training and responding to National Contingency Plan and National Response Framework incidents.
Captain Lutes has served in a variety of operational and staff tours during his career, including; Commanding Officer of Air Station Washington, DC, Operations Officer of Air Station Miami, FL, Program Reviewer in the Coast Guard Office of Budget and Programs (CG-821), Platform Manager in the Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711), and duty standing pilot tours at Air Station Cape Cod, MA, Air Station Kodiak, AK and Air Station Savannah, GA. He attended Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL and has attained pilot qualifications on the HH‐65A/B/C, HU-25A/C, C-37A, and the C-143. He is also a Federal Aviation Administration rated Airline Transport Pilot and is rated in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. His initial afloat tour was aboard the USCGC DECISIVE homeported in Saint Petersburg, FL.
A native of southern Indiana, Captain Lutes graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Government. He received a Master's degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He also completed a Master’s of Strategic Studies at the Air War College in Montgomery, AL. Captain Lutes is married to the former Shannon Anderson of South Carolina and they have three sons; Hunter (20), Addison (17) and Camden (12).