Aviation Training Center, Mobile
Captain Thomas S. MacDonald
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).