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Captain Joanna M. Nunan
Chief of Staff, Force Readiness Command
United States Coast Guard


Captain Joanna Nunan assumed the duties of FORCECOM Chief of Staff in June 2013. FORCECOM is responsible for preparing the Coast Guard workforce and enabling operational commanders to achieve mission excellence. FORCECOM delivers training and assessment and promotes force interoperability, standardization, proficiency and improvement through doctrine and exercise support.

Captain Nunan, a Bridgeport, Connecticut native, graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1987. Her early sea duty was in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Western Pacific before she became the last commanding officer of the World War Two era USCGC IRONWOOD in Kodiak, Alaska. She saw the 180-foot buoy tender through its final year of service, and upon its decommissioning accepted its state of the art replacement, the 225-foot SPAR, sailing from a Great Lakes shipyard, around the continental United States, to Kodiak, and breaking the cutter in to her first year of duty in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

Ashore, Captain Nunan has been an Academy Admission Officer, Personnel Services Division Chief, Deputy Director in the Civil Rights Directorate, Military Assistant to Secretary of Transportation Norman H. Mineta, and Innovation Manager. She served as Deputy Commander of Sector San Juan and most recently, Commander of Sector Honolulu.

Her professional studies began with a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1991. In 1999, she earned her Merchant Mariner License as Master (1,600 Tons), Second Mate (2,000 Tons) and Third Mate (Unlimited). From 2002 to 2003, she was a Seminar XXI Fellow in MITís Center for International Studies, and in 2003-2004 a participant in the Executive Potential Program, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agricultureís Leadership Development Academy. In 2006, she was assigned to be the Coast Guard Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bi-partisan think tank in Washington, DC. She also completed the 2012-2013 Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate Schoolís Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Captain Nunanís personal awards include the Secretary of Transportation Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement, DOT Outstanding Public Service Award, three CG Meritorious Service Medals, three CG Commendation Medals, and selection as the CGís first Female Elite Athlete of the Year.

Captain Nunan is married to Thomas R. Nunan III of Greenwich, Connecticut and mother to Brigid and GrŠinne.
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