CAPT Tom Maine comes home to ATC Mobile from his most recent assignment as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer (CGLO) to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he served since June, 2009. As CGLO, he was the senior liaison between the Commandant of the Coast Guard and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and additionally served as the Joint Staff’s Homeland Defense Division Chief under the Director for Operations (J3). As such, he was responsible for Joint Staff coordination of all homeland defense operations and theater security missions within the USNORTHCOM area of responsibility.
Prior to his assignment in the Pentagon, Captain Maine was the Executive Officer of Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) New Orleans, where he flew the HH-65C ‘Dolphin’ and was responsible for daily operations and administration of the Coast Guard’s busiest all-helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) unit.
Captain Maine enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1983 and served as a boat crewman and coxswain at Station Provincetown, MA. After completing Health Services Technician ‘A School’ in 1985, he served as a corpsman and pharmacy technician in the ATC Mobile clinic until 1988, when he was selected to attend Officer Candidate School. He received orders to Naval Flight Training from OCS and was winged as a Coast Guard Aviator in December, 1989, earning recognition on the Naval Air Training Command Commodore’s List, with Distinction. After transition training, he was assigned to CGAS Clearwater, FL, where he served as an HH-3F ‘Pelican’ pilot, conducting numerous SAR missions as well as deploying to the Caribbean in support of anti-drug operations.
In 1994 Captain Maine was assigned to CGAS Cape Cod, where he flew the HH-60J ‘Jayhawk’ and served as the unit’s Standardization and Training Officer. In 1997, he was selected to become an HH-60J Standardization Instructor at ATC Mobile, providing fleet-replacement training, simulator instruction, and unit standardization inspections for the Coast Guard HH-60J community fleet-wide. In 2002, he was transferred to Coast Guard Headquarters, where he served as the Aviation Manpower, Personnel and Training lead for the Deepwater program, an ambitious acquisition effort designed to recapitalize virtually the entire fleet of Coast Guard ships and aircraft. In 2004 he returned to operational duties as the Operations Officer at CGAS Cape Cod, tasked with managing aviation operations for the First Coast Guard District, an area of responsibility that stretches from the Canadian border to Tom’s River, NJ and out to 200 miles offshore.
A native of North Stonington, CT, Captain Maine graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL in 1995 with a degree in Management, and earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Alabama in 2002. He has accumulated over 5000 hours of military flight time, as well as over 300 shipboard helicopter landings. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (2), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (5), and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.