United States Coast
Lieutenant Commander Timothy C.
Executive Officer, USCGC VALIANT
Lieutenant Commander Timothy C. Sommella is the current Executive Officer of the USCGC VALIANT (WMEC 621). He has held a variety of sea-going command and staff positions throughout his career, including six years on four Coast Guard and Navy warships. In 2004, he became one of the youngest Coast Guard officers to command a patrol boat in a combat zone since the Vietnam War.
Most recently, Lieutenant Commander Sommella served in the White House with the Office of Management and Budget focused on military families and veteran initiatives. His past operational assignment include First Lieutenant on the cutter VENTUROUS (WMEC 621), Navigator and Force Protection Officer onboard the USS O’BRIEN (DD 975) forwarded deployed to Japan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and Commanding Officer of the patrol boats WRANGELL (WPB 1332) in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and PADRE (WPB 132) in Key West, Florida.
His staff assignments include service as a program reviewer in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Budget and Programs. In addition, he served as a planning officer in the Assistant Commandant for Capabilities specializing in Coast Guard shore command and control policy across the United States.
He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2000 with high honors earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Government and completed his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2007. Lieutenant Commander Sommella is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Lieutenant Commander Sommella’s personal awards include the Meritorious
Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal,
Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and Military Volunteer Service Medal. He is
also a qualified Navy Surface Warfare Officer and permanent Coast Guard