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Captain Vinciguerra assumed command of USCGC RUSH in June 2014. He reported from the Leadership Development Center (LDC) in New London, Connecticut, where he has served as the Command and Operations School Chief for the past four years. His duties included instructing all afloat commanding officers and executive officers prior to their return to sea. Before arriving at LDC in September of 2010, he served as Commanding Officer of USCGC VALIANT (WMEC 621) homeported in Miami Beach, Florida, from May 2008 to August 2010. This tour included multiple counter-narcotics interdictions, stemming the flow of illegal immigration, and the initial response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010.

Prior to taking command of VALIANT, he served as the Chief of Personnel at Integrated Support Command (ISC) Miami from August 2005 to May 2008. Previous afloat assignments include serving as Executive Officer on board USCGC DAUNTLESS (WMEC 624) homeported in Galveston, Texas, a tour as Operations Officer on board USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC 726) out of Seattle, Washington, and Deck Watch Officer/First Lieutenant on board USCGC RESOLUTE (WMEC 620) when the vessel was homeported in Astoria, Oregon. CAPT Vinciguerra also had an additional operational afloat tour as Officer in Charge (OIC) of Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 8-H in Galveston, Texas,. As OIC, he conducted primarily counter-narcotics operations both locally in Texas and in the Caribbean Sea on United States Navy and British warships.

Aside from instructor and personnel assignments at the LDC and ISC Miami respectively, CAPT Vinciguerra’s shore duties included a tour in New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Search and Rescue Controller for the Eighth Coast Guard District and graduate school at the Naval War College.

CAPT Vinciguerra was raised in Penns Grove, New Jersey, and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. In 2003, he earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the War College.

His military awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, nine Unit Commendations, and various other unit and special operations awards.

Both CAPT Vinciguerra’s parents were enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War.

Last Modified 9/8/2014