LCDR Jose E. Diaz
LCDR Jose Diaz is a native of Aibonito, Puerto Rico and a graduate of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business and is currently pursuing a Homeland Security Masters Degree from the Northcentral University. LCDR Diaz received his commission from the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School in 1997.
LCDR Diaz first served as a Deck Watch Officer onboard Coast Guard Cutter FORWARD (WMEC 911) homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia. During this tour, LCDR Diaz circumnavigated the South American continent in support of the multinational exercise UNITAS, conducting exercises and training with over 16 partner South American nations. He was subsequently assigned as a Search and Rescue/Law Enforcement controller for the Greater Antilles Section in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He coordinated hundreds of search and rescue cases, alien migrant interdictions, and counter-narcotics operations in the eastern Caribbean. From 2002 to 2004, he was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter MOHAWK (WMEC-913) homeported in Key West, Florida as Operations Officer where he served for two years. During his tour, MOHAWK successfully interdicted over one metric ton of illegal narcotics and over a dozen smugglers under the Tactical Control of the Coast Guard Seventh District. He was later assigned as the Chief, Law Enforcement section of the Coast Guard International Training Division in Yorktown, Virginia. In this capacity, he coordinated and delivered training to over 2,700 international maritime students from 22 different partner nations. In addition, he coordinated and executed Coast Guard participation in three consecutive UNITAS and PANAMAX exercises under the direction of the US Navy, Commander Destroyer Squadron 40 (CDS 40). LCDR Diaz was selected to command USCGC ADAK (WPB-1333), forward deployed to the Kingdom of Bahrain in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. ADAK provided force protection for minesweepers clearing the waterway to Iraq’s only deep-water port and to critical Iraqi infrastructure. Under his command, ADAK escorted ships carrying ammunition and humanitarian supplies into Iraq. In addition, ADAK executed multiple Theater Security Cooperation events with the Navies of Iraq, Bahrain, and Qatar. After the successful completion of this 13-month tour, he was assigned to Coast Guard Atlantic Area Major Cutter Forces section in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he was responsible for the financial and executive administration of the Atlantic Area Major Cutter Fleet during Coast Guard wide modernization efforts. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the Coast Guard Attaché to the Republic of Ecuador. In this capacity he liaised between the Ecuadorian Navy and Coast Guard Eleventh District during the interdiction of more than 16 cocaine laden vessels and the transfer of over six metric tons of cocaine to the Ecuadorian Navy.
LCDR Diaz is currently serving as USCGC TAMPA Executive Officer.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and one Coast Guard Achievement Medal.