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Commanding Officer

Commander Vasilios Tasikas

CDR Vasilios Tasikas

Commander Tasikas assumed his current assignment as the Commanding Officer of USCGC MACKINAW (WLBB – 30) in June 2014.

Commander Tasikas’ Coast Guard career began when he enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve in 1992, where he earned the rank of Boatswain’s Mate Third Class. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the active duty Coast Guard after graduating from Officer Candidate School in 1997.

 Commander Tasikas has served in a variety of operational afloat and judge advocate legal positions. His most recent afloat tour was as the Commanding Officer of USCGC MOBILE BAY (WTGB – 103), homeported in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  As a judge advocate, Commander Tasikas served as Chief of the Office of Military Justice, a Headquarters directorate, where he administered the Coast Guard’s criminal law program involving 235 military justice practitioners and support personnel. He also served as the Coast Guard’s voting representative to Joint Service Committee on Military Justice, responsible to the President and Congress to conduct reviews of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and implement changes to Manual for Courts-Martial.  His other legal assignments included Senior Appellate Counsel, representing the United States Government before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals; as well as a staff attorney in the Office of Maritime and International Law.  Prior joint assignments included duty as the Advanced Operational Law Fellow at the Center for Law and Military Operations in Charlottesville, Virginia and as a faculty member of the International and Operational Law Department at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island.  He has published several professional and academic articles on international law, law of the sea, detention operations, and post-conflict operations.

Commander Tasikas has served in two war-time deployments. In 2006 he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was assigned to the International Law Branch at Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan.  In 2008 he served as the Officer-In-Charge of the Detainee Legal Operations Center in Camp Bucca, Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom.  Supervising a staff of 38 military and civilian personnel, he was responsible for operating the Multi-National Force Review Committee, the purpose of which was to determine whether the 20,000+ detainees in U.S. custody remain an imperative threat to the security of U.S. Forces or Iraq as directed by U.N. Security Council Resolutions and consistent with Geneva Convention principles. 

A native of Rochester, New York and son of Greek immigrants, Commander Tasikas is a 1994 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in Political Science and Urban & Public Policy (summa cum laude).  He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1997.  Commander Tasikas has also earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a L.L.M in Military Law from the Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School.

Commander Tasikas is married to the former Ellen Parietti of Suffern, New York.  Together, they have four children: Jerry, Sofia, Teddy, and Elizabeth.


Last Modified 10/13/2016