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CAPT Joel D. Dolbeck
Chief of Staff, Force Readiness Command
United States Coast Guard


CAPT Dolbeck reports to Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) as the Chief of Staff following his most recent tour at Base Portsmouth, VA as the Commanding Officer from 2012- 2015. In that assignment he was responsible for providing a wide variety of support services to units and personnel within the Fifth Coast Guard District, including general administration and personnel management, medical/dental, supply, property, procurement and warehousing, housing, industrial services, facilities maintenance, naval engineering, computer and electronics support, and morale and recreational services.

Captain Dolbeck’s other career assignments include: Project Manager for the Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC; Commanding Officer of Civil Engineering Unit (CEU) Miami, Florida; Executive Officer at Integrated Support Command (ISC) Miami, Florida; Facility Engineer and Design Chief at ISC Kodiak, Alaska; Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut; Construction Branch Chief and Project Engineer and at Civil Engineering Unit Miami, Florida; and the Executive Officer of the Coast Guard Patrol Boat (WPB) EDISTO, Crescent City, California. His first assignment in the Coast Guard was aboard the Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) DILIGENCE as a Deck Watch Officer in Port Canaveral, Florida.

CAPT Dolbeck is a native of Ticonderoga, NY and a 1988 honors graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In 1992 he attended the University of Illinois and earned a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and is a certified DHS Level III Program Manager and Project Management Professional.

CAPT Dolbeck’s military decorations include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Commendation Medal (two awards), Achievement medal and various other personal and unit awards.

Last Modified 4/20/2015