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Commanding Officer


Captain Thomas S. MacDonald

Captain MacDonald

Captain MacDonald returns to ATC Mobile from assignment in the Acquisitions Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Acquisitions Programs from 2012 to 2014, providing executive level support across a wide variety of acquisition programs including the National Security Cutter, Offshore Patrol Cutter, Fast Response Cutter, HC-144A, HC-130J, MH-65D, HC-130H, MH-60T, C-27 and Rescue 21.

 In 2009, Captain MacDonald reported to ATC Mobile as the Engineering Officer (EO) where he led Coast Guard aviation's largest Aviation Engineering department of 21 aircraft and supported the 5 month response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  In 2011, he was assigned as the Executive Officer of the ATC where he oversaw daily operations and administration of the unit’s $17 million dollar budget and 550 personnel.

 Captain MacDonald entered military service through the Army National Guard and initially served as a UH-1 Helicopter Mechanic. He attended Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Ft Benning, GA and graduated Flight Training at Ft Rucker, AL.  In 1991 Captain MacDonald ‘saw the light’ and was accepted to Coast Guard OCS.  Upon graduation, he received orders to Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) New Orleans and honed his skills as an HH-65A pilot.  In 1995, he was assigned to CGAS Traverse City where he assisted with the closing of CGAS Chicago and stand-up of Air Facility Muskegon.  He was selected for Student Engineering training and designated a Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineer in 1998, then transferred to the Polar Operations Division at ATC Mobile where he was responsible for the maintenance of 10 HH-65A’s and served as the deployed EO on the polar icebreaker HEALY’s maiden 5 month Arctic deployment.  In 2000, he was assigned to CGAS Elizabeth City as the HC-130H EO, where he stood the watch and deployed from South America to Newfoundland.  In 2003, he received orders to serve as the EO of the C-130J Aircraft Project Office, tasked with the development of operational procedures and a logistic support system to prepare the new ‘J’ for fleet service.  He was next assigned as the Long Range Surveillance Product Line Manager at the Aviation Logistics Center from 2007 to 2009, responsible for depot level maintenance, major modification and total logistics support for the Coast Guard’s HC-130H and HC-130J fleet.  

 A career military aviator, Captain MacDonald has held pilot designations in eight military aircraft, is a graduate of Air Force Instructor Pilot School, holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot rating and has accumulated over 5500 hours of military flight time.

 Raised in Tallahassee, FL, Captain MacDonald is a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Forrest Biology – but more importantly met his future wife.  He received his Masters of Science Degree in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School of Quality Management.  Captain MacDonald’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Air Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2), and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (3).

Captain MacDonald is married to the love of his life, the former Frances Prokos of Punta Gorda, FL.  They have two beautiful daughters: Kennedy 15 and Sophia 11.



Last Modified 1/12/2016