CAPTAIN DIANE W. DURHAM, USCG
Captain Durham most recently served as the Chief, Professional Maritime Studies Branch at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. She was commissioned in 1989 following graduation from Officer Candidate School at United States Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia.
Her tours afloat include Deck Watch Office duties on USCGC RUSH (WHEC 723) homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, Operations Officer on USCGC DECISIVE (WMEC 629) and USCGC RESOLUTE (WMEC 620) both homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, Executive Officer on USCGC TAMPA (WMEC 902) and Commanding Officer on USCGC FORWARD (WMEC 911) both homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia.
She previously was assigned as Executive Assistant to the Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area. Her other shore assignments include Assistant Contracting Officer at the Resident Inspection Office in Seattle, WA for the 378 Fleet Renovation and Modernization (FRAM) Project for high endurance cutters and the Project Resident Office in Marinette, WI for the construction of the new WLB and WLM buoy tender fleets. Captain Durham also had tours in the Operations Division staffs at both Atlantic Area and Pacific Area.
Captain Durham received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and graduated with honors in the Master of Business Administration program at the University of Wisconsin.
She was honored to receive the 2010 Captain John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award. Her military awards include three Meritorious Service Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, one Coast Guard Achievement Medal with Operational Distinguishing Device, a Commandant's Letter of Commendation as well as several other personal, unit and service citations.