Captain Tom Walsh currently oversees world-wide training and education for the U.S. Coast Guard. In this capacity, he is directly responsible for all resident and classroom training, distance learning and its training enterprise composed of seven national training campuses and 12 regional, specialized training sites. In addition, he oversees Service-wide voluntary education and tuition assistance programs, and supervises a quota management center for scheduling and tracking students, and an institute for processing on-online and correspondence courses.
CAPT Walsh most recently served as the Commanding Officer of the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy where he oversaw all law enforcement, security, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear defense training for the Coast Guard. Additionally, CAPT Walsh served on the Board of Directors for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board (FLETA). In addition to ensuring federal law enforcement training met accreditation standards, CAPT Walsh oversaw the development and implementation of law enforcement distance learning standards across the federal government.
Previous assignments included Chief of Response for Sector Key West, Officer-in-Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment 7F, senior instructor at the Maritime Law Enforcement School, a detail to the Central Intelligence Agency, and Coast Guard headquarters as the chief of operational training. Previous afloat assignments include Weapons Officer aboard USCGC NORTHLAND and Operations Officer aboard USCGC TAMPA.
A native of LaSalle, Illinois, CAPT Walsh graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He received his MBA from Old Dominion University in 2004 and a subsequent Master’s in Instructional Systems from Florida State University in 2005.
CAPT Walsh is the recipient of the FLETA Agency Leadership Recognition Award in 2015—the highest award presented by Federal Law Enforcement Accreditation Board, and in 2011 with the Outstanding Human Performance Intervention by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).