CDR Joseph J.
Commander Joseph Sundland, a native of Fox Lake, Illinois, enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserves and completed Coast Guard basic training in August of 1987 from Cape May, New Jersey. While assigned to Coast Guard Small Boat Station Kenosha, Wisconsin, he attended the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. After two years of reserve duty and college, Commander Sundland entered the Naval Academy Preparatory School in June 1989, and was then given an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Commander Sundland received his commission in the United States Coast Guard upon his graduation from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in May 1994 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. Commander Sundland received his Masters of Science degree in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in June 2008.
Commander Sundland just recently served afloat as the Executive Officer aboard the USCGC BERTHOLF (WMSL 750) in Alameda, California. His other afloat tours include: USCGC MELLON (WHEC 717) in Seattle, Washington as a Deck Watch Officer; USCGC SENECA (WMEC 906) in Boston, Massachusetts as the Operations Officer, Navigator, and Law Enforcement Officer; and USCGC DEPENDABLE (WMEC 626) in Cape May, New Jersey as the Executive Officer.
His Shore Tours include: Pacific Area Cutter Forces Staff, in Alameda, California as the Medium Endurance and High Endurance Cutter Scheduler; Company Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut; Deputy Office Chief in the Office of Enterprise Architecture and Governance at Coast Guard Headquarters; and Deputy Commander at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Bahrain in support of Operation New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
His awards include: two Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal.