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Commanding Officer
CDR Clinton Carlson

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A 1990 Graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, CDR Carlson 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 sailing out of Little Creek, VA.

With over 11 years afloat experience, Commander Carlson has served as Operations Officer and Ship Salvage and Diving Officer aboard CGC SASSAFRAS (WLB 401), Executive Officer of cutters SEDGE (WLB 402), HICKORY, (WLB 212), and DALLAS (WHEC 716), as well as Commanding Officer of USCG MAPLE (WLB 207).  Before reporting to his current assignment, Commander Carlson was serving as the Executive Officer of Coast Guard Cutter GALLATIN (WHEC 721) home ported in Charleston, SC.

While not afloat, CDR 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 Diving/Salvage Officer (deep sea).  His personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, as well as many unit and team awards, including the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.

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