Captain Gary L. Bruce currently serves as the Chief, Training Division, Force Readiness Command, Washington, DC where he provides both programmatic and technical oversight of all Coast Guard’s human performance and training systems used to ensure the transfer of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities to the workforce ensuring workforce performance and, ultimately, mission accomplishment throughout the Coast Guard.
Since enlisting in the Coast Guard in February 1979, Captain Bruce has experienced a wide variety of assignments as both enlisted and officer. Following his first assignment as a Quartermaster aboard the USCGC COURGAGEOUS (WMEC-622) stationed in Cape Canaveral, FL, he was assigned as an instructor at the Navy Signalman and Quartermaster “A” School, Naval Training Center, Orlando, FL, where he received his certification as a Master Training Specialist. He was then transferred to the Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, VA, where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Coast Guard’s first Quartermaster “A” School which is now an integral part of today’s Boatswain’s Mate “A” School.
Following graduation from Officer Candidate School in December 1987, he was assigned as Deck Watch Officer and Navigator aboard the USCGC BITTERSWEET (WLB-389) stationed in Woods Hole, Cape Cod, MA, until July 1991. He was then assigned as the first Commanding Officer of the USCGC Block Island (WPB-1344) home ported in Atlantic Beach, NC, until 1994. Continuing his legacy of establishing first of its kind units, he lead the establishment of the Coast Guard’s Southeastern Regional Fisheries Training Center located in Charleston, SC and was assigned as its first Commanding Officer serving until 1998. Following graduate school August 1999, he served as the Systems Directorate Training Manager within the Office of Performance and Training at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC, followed shortly by an assignment as the Chief of the Training Management Division. He was then selected as the Team Lead for the Joint Ratings Review Implementation Team, the largest reorganization of the enlisted workforce since World War II. Next he served as the Chief Warrant Officer and Enlisted Workforce Manager within the Office of Human Resource Capability at Coast Guard Headquarters where he led the analysis and development of Human Resource enhancement solutions for the entire Chief Warrant Officer workforce. He then transferred to Training Center Yorktown, VA, where he served as the Chief, Performance Technology Center, 2004-2006, and then as Executive Officer until summer of 2008. He was then assigned as Chief, Physical Evaluations Branch, within the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center, Arlington, VA, until March 2009. His most recent assignment was another first as establishing Commanding Officer of the US Coast Guard Health, Safety & Work-Life Service Center located in Norfolk, Virginia, where he maintain technical oversight of all medical, safety and environmental health and work-life services throughout the Coast Guard.
Captain Bruce is a native of Orlando, FL, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management from Limestone College, Gaffney, SC, and a Masters of Science degree in Instructional Systems from Florida State University. He has received numerous personal and unit awards.