Captain Gary Tomasulo currently serves as the Commander at Coast Guard Sector Charleston and manages over 700 active duty, reserve and civilian men and women in conducting all Coast Guard missions in the states of South Carolina and Georgia.
Prior to this assignment, he served as Staff Judge Advocate to Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Virginia and was responsible for providing legal advice to the Area Commander and all Atlantic Area units; which include more than 23,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel. Commander, Atlantic Area, serves as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states.
Captain Tomasulo has served in a variety of operations, command and staff assignments. Prior to reporting to Atlantic Area, he served as Deputy Commander, Sector Key West. As Deputy Commander, he was the senior advisor and Alternate Captain of the Port, and oversaw all Coast Guard operations in the port of Key West, southern Straits of Florida, and Gulf of Mexico. His surface operations tours include Commanding Officer of USCGC KEY LARGO (WPB-1324), Executive Officer of USCGC KISKA (WPB-1336), and Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC SORREL (WLB-296).
Captain Tomasulo’s staff assignments have been diverse. He served at the White House as Director for North America and Director for Brazil and Southern Cone on the National Security Council staff from 2007 to 2009. As a Director he was responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. policy toward Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Additional assignments ashore include: Legal Advisor to the Office of Law Enforcement, Washington, DC; Deputy, Operations Law Group in the Office of Maritime and International Law; Congressional Fellow for U.S. Senator Mike DeWine; and Aide and Speech Writer for Admiral James M. Loy, Commander, Atlantic Area, and after the Admiral’s transfer to Coast Guard Headquarters, as Aide to the Chief of Staff, U.S. Coast Guard.
A native of Shirley, New York, Captain Tomasulo is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. His academic degrees include a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the New York State Bar.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Army Achievement Medal, and numerous service awards. In 1998, Captain Tomasulo was awarded the U.S. Navy League’s Captain David H. Jarvis Award for inspirational leadership and operational excellence.