Key West, FL
Lieutenant Commander Charles ‘Chuck’ Banks graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Government and was commissioned as an Ensign at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in May of 2001. Lieutenant Banks’ first assignment was aboard the USCGC BEAR (WMEC 901), a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia. He served as a Deck Watch Officer and Assistant Navigator, including four-months as Operations Officer onboard the USCGC BEAR until the summer of 2003.
Following his tour on the BEAR, Lieutenant Commander Banks was assigned to the 110-foot patrol boat USCGC PEA ISLAND (WPB 1347), homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida as the Executive Officer until the summer of 2005.
In 2005, Lieutenant Commander Banks was assigned as the Aide and Executive Assistant to the Seventh District Commander in Miami, Florida.
In December 2006, Lieutenant Commander Banks assumed command of USCGC DRUMMOND (WPB 1323) in Key West, FL. During the reorganization of 110’ patrol boats in the District Seven AOR, Lieutenant Commander Banks re-homeported USCGC DRUMMOND to Miami, FL and immediately assumed command of USCGC PEA ISLAND (WPB 1347) until the summer of 2009.
In 2009, Lieutenant Commander Banks was assigned to the Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs in Washington, DC, where he served as a Congressional Fellow. In that capacity, Lieutenant Commander Banks was assigned to the office of Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) where he was assigned a wide spectrum of issue areas as they relate to Alaska that includes the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy, Arctic Policy, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Child Nutrition, Agriculture and the Second Amendment. In 2011, Lieutenant Commander Banks was assigned to the Office of Operations Coordination and Planning at the Department of Homeland Security. In that capacity, Lieutenant Commander Banks was assigned to the Current Operations Branch where he was the Maritime Interdiction, MOTR and OVS Coordinator.
Currently, Lieutenant Commander Banks is assigned at the Executive Officer of Coast Guard Cutter THETIS, homeported in Key West, Florida
Lieutenant Commander Banks’ personal awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, four (04) Coast Guard Commendation Medals and a Coast Guard Achievement Medal as well as numerous Service and unit awards.
Lieutenant Commander Banks is also a graduate of the American Military University, where he graduated with Honors and earned a Master of Arts in Homeland Security.
Lieutenant Commander Banks is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Banks Sr.