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Captain Anthony J. Ceraolo

CAPT Ceraolo began his career as a Deck Watch Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter SORREL (WLBPhoto CAPT Anthony J. Cerado 296), a 180-foot buoy tender home-ported in Governors Island, New York in June 1993. In 1995, he took command of Coast Guard Cutter POINT CAMDEN (WPB 82373), an 82-foot patrol boat home-ported in Santa Barbara, California. Following his command tour he served as Military Assistant to Admiral James M. Loy, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Coast Guard. Within one year, VADM Loy was appointed the Coast Guard’s 21st Commandant. CAPT Ceraolo subsequently departed Headquarters to serve as Coast Guard Liaison and as a Celestial Navigation Instructor at, the U.S. Naval Academy from 1998 to 2000. While at Navy he coached the Women’s Lacrosse Team to two National Collegiate Club Championships. Following his tour in Annapolis he assumed command of Coast Guard Cutter NEAH BAY (WTGB 105), a domestic ice-breaking vessel home-ported in Cleveland, Ohio.

CAPT Ceraolo departed NEAH BAY in 2002 to pursue graduate studies at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was recognized as a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow, and elected Class Marshall of the Class of 2003. From 2003 to 2006 he served on the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander’s staff as Deputy Chief of the Resource Management Branch in the Resource Planning & Performance Division, and as a Program Reviewer/Resource Analyst for manpower, and budget formulation. During this tour he completed Joint Professional Military Education Phases I and II through the Naval War College’s Fleet Seminar Program and Joint Forces Staff College respectively.

Upon concluding his staff tour in Portsmouth, Virginia, CAPT Ceraolo served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation, with additional responsibilities as Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation for Policy from 2006 to 2008. While at the Department of Transportation, he was responsible for reporting directly to Secretary Mary E. Peters on a portfolio that included: the Transportation Attaché’s Office in Baghdad, Iraq; the Directorate for Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response; the Maritime Administration; the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; and, the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

In 2008, CAPT Ceraolo served as Chief of Sector New York’s Command Center where he oversaw Sector’s Command Center, and New York’s Vessel Traffic Service that executed all Coast Guard Missions in the Port of New York & New Jersey. In June 2010 he transitioned to new duties as Chief of Operations & Chief of Response at Coast Guard Sector New York. CAPT Ceraolo then reported to the White House in 2011 where he served on the National Security Council Staff as Director for Maritime Security; and, as Director for Arctic Region Policy. During his White House tour he was instrumental in the development of Presidential Policy Directive-18 (an update to the nation’s maritime security policy); counter piracy policy in the Horn of Africa region; and, spearheaded the development, signing, and promulgation of President Obama’s National Strategy for the Arctic Region. CAPT Ceraolo’s most recent assignment was as Deputy Sector Commander for CG Sector Northern New England where he oversaw all Coast Guard missions and operations in a jurisdiction spanning Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northern New York. He assumed command of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) on June 16, 2015. Based in Manama, Bahrain, PATFORSWA is the Coat Gaurd's largest command outside the United States. As Commodore he is responsible for six 110' Island Class patrol boats and 240 Coast Gaurd men and women based in Bahraina nd Kuwait.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Government with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College’s College of Naval Command and Staff in Newport, Rhode Island; and, the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. CAPT Ceraolo, a permanent cutterman, has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and 3 Coast Guard Achievement Medals with “O” Device, as well as several unit and service awards. He is also an Eagle Scout. He is married to the former Lisa M. Tinker, a Lieutenant Commander in the Coast Guard Reserve.

Commander Clinton S. Carlson

Commander Carlson assumed the duties as Deputy Commander, Patrol Forces Southwest AsiaPhoto CDR Clinton S. Carlston (PATFORSWA) in May 2015 after having served as Commanding Officer, USCGC TAMPA (WMEC 902) in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Commander Carlson is a 1990 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and began his military career as an Ensign in the United States Navy. A qualified Diving and Salvage Officer, he served aboard USS RECOVERY (ARS 43), a salvage and rescue tug homeported in Little Creek, Virginia.

With almost 13 years afloat experience, Commander Carlson has served as Operations Officer and Ship Salvage and Diving Officer aboard USCGC SASSAFRAS (WLB 401) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Executive Officer of USCGC SEDGE (WLB 402) in Homer, Alaska, USCGC HICKORY (WLB 212) in Homer, Alaska, USCGC DALLAS (WHEC 716) in Charleston, South Carolina, and GALLATIN (WHEC 721) In South Carolina. In addition he served as Commanding Officer of USCGC MAPLE (WLB 207) homeported in Sitka, Alaska.

While not afloat, Commander Carlson’s assignments have included Atlantic Area Waterways Management Branch, where he served as the Atlantic Area Light House Manager, project officer for the Army Corps of Engineers Cape Fear River Deepening Widening Project, and as team member for the Fifth Coast Guard District Geodetic Survey Team. In this capacity he assisted with the recovery operations for three major hurricanes, positioning fixed aids to navigation and range towers from Charleston, SC to Trenton, NJ. He also served as the Logistics Officer and acting Operations Officer for Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 located in San Pedro, California. There he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and training of a 146 person expeditionary port security unit. His last staff tour was with United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. There he worked with the Counter Narcotics and Law Enforcement Assistance Division, working hand in hand with the US State Department, to develop and execute law-enforcement-centric capacity building projects in the post conflict regions of West Africa.

CDR Carlson is a Cutterman, a qualified Port Security Officer, and a U.S. Navy Ship Salvage Diving Officer. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, 4 Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and 2 Coast Guard Achievement Medals, as well as many unit and team awards, including the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Master Chief William D. Hollandsworth

Master Chief William Hollandsworth assumed duties as Command Master Chief, Patrol ForcesPhoto Master Chief Wm D. Hollandsworth Southwest Asia (PATFOR SWA) in June 2015
Master Chief Hollandsworth enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve in 1988 and attended basic training in Cape May, New Jersey. Upon graduating he reported to the Coast Guard Reserve Group in San Diego, California. Upon completion of Boatswain’s Mate “A” School in Yorktown, Virginia in 1991, he transferred into Coast Guard Active Duty and was assigned to Station Menemsha on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts where he became a coxswain on the 44’ Motor Lifeboat and 41’ Utility Boat.

Master Chief Hollandsworth’s career has included numerous instructor assignments including Recruit Physical Fitness Instructor, Training Center Cape May, and serving as a Lifeguard at Training Center Yorktown where he instructed the Boatswain’s Mate Rating Course and Coxswain Course at the Boat Forces Center, and the USCGC MORRO BAY (WTGB 106), were he instructed navigation to the Officer Candidate School and the Quartermaster Rating Course.

Operationally, Master Chief Hollandsworth served as the Operations Petty Officer at Station Cape May, New Jersey and on board USCGC MONHEGAN (WPB 1305) homeported in Key West, Florida. His previous command assignments include Executive Petty Officer at Station Chatham in Chatham, Massachusetts, Officer In Charge, Station Rochester, New York and Executive Petty Officer of USCGC MARIA BRAY (WLM 562) homeported in Jacksonville, Florida.

Master Chief Hollandsworth’s personal awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” device (three awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with “O” device (four awards), the Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon with “O” device, the Meritorious Team Commendation ribbon (six awards), and numerous other awards including the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy “Spirit of the Chief” Award.



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