CDR Jeffrey Swanson
Upon graduation from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1995, Commander Swanson was assigned Operations Officer aboard USCGC RED BEECH (WLM 686). Following RED BEECH’s decommissioning in June 1997, he served for two years as Executive Officer aboard USCGC THUNDER BAY (WTGB 108).
Subsequently selected for the Coast Guard’s Financial Management Program, Commander Swanson was assigned to the Office of Budget Execution at Coast Guard Headquarters, where he played a vital role in garnering the financial support required to meet emergent Homeland Security demands following September 11, 2001. CDR Swanson re-turned to sea as Commanding Officer, USCGC BISCAYNE BAY (WTGB 104), from June 2003 through July 2006. BISCAYNE BAY’s duties included law enforcement and homeland security missions throughout the Great Lakes, along with ice-breaking duty on the St. Mary’s River, the Straits of Mackinac, and Green Bay. Following an assignment as the Deputy Chief and Coast Guard Financial Management Program Manager in the Office of Financial Policy and Programs at Coast Guard Headquarters, Commander Swanson served as Commanding Officer, USCGC JUNIPER (WLB 201) from 2009 to 2012. JUNIPER’s duties included maintenance of aids to navigation from Cape Cod to New Jersey, domestic icebreaking, search and rescue, and living marine resources law enforcement. In 2010, JUNIPER served as both a member and Commander of the first Coast Guard Skim Task Force, charged with recovering spilled oil from the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, DEEPWATER HORIZON. In his most recent assignment, Commander Swanson served as the Coast Guard’s fiscal year 2014 Budget Coordinator in the Office of Budget and Programs, and also completed a six month detail as the Acting Deputy Budget Director for the Department of Homeland Security, where he over-saw the submission of the Department’s $61 billion annual budget request.
CDR Swanson is a 2000 graduate of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he earned his Master in Business Administration. He is also a 2008 graduate of the U. S. Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Commander Swanson’s military decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and two Commandant Letters of Commendation. He has also received the Department of Transportation Gold Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and two National Defense Service Medals.