COMMANDER, MICHAEL R. GESELE, USCG
CDR Gesele graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in May 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign and reported to USCGC DAUNTLESS (WMEC 624), homeported in Galveston, TX, where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer. In 1998, CDR Gesele was assigned as a Navy Exchange Officer and served as the First Lieutenant aboard USS DEYO (DD 989), homeported in Norfolk, VA. In 2000, CDR Gesele was assigned as a Command Duty Officer at the Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center in Miami, FL. In 2003, CDR Gesele assumed command of USCGC MANITOU (WPB 1302), homeported in Miami Beach, FL. In 2004, CDR Gesele was selected to command USCGC MAUI (WPB 1304), forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain, and the Arabian Gulf, in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
In 2005, CDR Gesele transferred to Coast Guard Headquarters where he served as the budget officer for the Coast Guard Judge Advocate General. In 2006, CDR Gesele was selected for the Coast Guard’s advanced education legal program. In 2007, he began his legal studies at the University of Miami School of Law earning his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, in May 2010. After graduating with honors from the Basic Lawyer Course at Naval Justice School, CDR Gesele reported to the Seventh District Legal Office in Miami, Florida, where he served three years as Chief, Response Law Branch. CDR Gesele reported to USCGC RUSH (WHEC 723) in June 2013.
CDR Gesele has been awarded two Meritorious Service Medals (with “O” device), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals (with “O” device), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon Bar (with “O” device), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, and various other service awards and ribbons. CDR Gesele is designated a permanent cutterman and Surface Warfare Officer. He is married and has one daughter.