Rear Admiral Throop recently completed his assignment as the Executive Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. As the principal advisor to the Commandant, he coordinated alignment of strategy, policy, resources and outreach for the Service. From 2013-2014, he was the Executive Assistant to the Vice Commandant. Between 2010 and 2013, he was the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, providing aviation support to the First Coast Guard District and logistics support and base services to over 38 Coast Guard and DoD commands in Southeastern New England.
Earning his naval aviator wings in 1988 at Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, his other operational aviation assignments include tours as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Traverse City, Michigan; Operations and Executive Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia; H65 helicopter standardization and instructor pilot at the Coast Guardís Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama; and as a duty pilot at Coast Guard Air Station San Diego, California.
His other assignments include as the chief of Officer Personnel at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center, a policy analyst for the Office of Plans, Policy and Evaluation at Coast Guard Headquarters; Platform manager for the C130J aircraft during initial acquisition and as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
A native of Burton, Michigan RDML Throop graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He received a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1998 and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2005.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals with O device, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and various unit and service commendations. He has accumulated over 3900 flight hours and has an FAA commercial pilotís license in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft as well as certifications in the Falcon 20 and a multi-engine instrument rating.