COMMANDER JAY CAPUTO, USCG
Commander Caputo graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science. He also holds a Masters in Marine Affairs from University of Rhode Island, attained in 2008.
His initial assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC YOCONA (WMEC 168) homeported in Kodiak, AK, the ship was decommissioned in 1996, and he cross decked to USCGC ACUSHNET (WMEC 167) homeported in Eureka, CA. From there, he was assigned to District Eight's Waterway Management Branch, where he helped establish a vessel traffic service for New Orleans, LA. In 1999, Commander Caputo returned to sea as Weapons Officer aboard USCGC RUSH (WHEC 723), Honolulu, HI. He completed this tour, and extended an additional year as the Operations Officer.
He was then assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as the Summer Training coordinator and Nautical Science Instructor. In 2005, Commander Caputo was called to sea as Executive Officer aboard USCGC TAHOMA (WMEC 908), Kittery, ME, where he served until selection to the Coast Guard's living marine resource program.
Upon graduation from University of Rhode Island, he was assigned to Coast Guard District Fourteen, the Law Enforcement Branch as the Fisheries Enforcement expert, where he served until returning to RUSH. Commander Caputo's personal awards include, Coast Guard Commendation Medal (three awards) and various service and unit awards. He is married and has two children.