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Captain's Biography


Commanding Officer
USCGC Mellon (WHEC 717)

Captain Jimenez is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  In 1990, he graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned his commission through the U.S. Army ROTC program.  Shortly after being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Finance Corps, he entered the U.S. Coast Guard through its Direct Commissioning Program. 

Captain Jimenez’ operational assignments include Commanding Officer of the 210-foot medium endurance cutter USCGC STEADFAST (WMEC 623), Astoria, Oregon and Executive Officer of the 378-foot high endurance cutter USCGC MELLON (WHEC 717), Seattle, Washington.  He also commanded the 110-foot patrol boat USCGC NUNIVAK (WPB 1306) in San Juan, Puerto Rico; served as Executive Officer on the 110-foot patrol boat USCGC OCRACOKE (WPB 1307) in Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; and as Supply Officer and Deck Watch Officer on board the 210-foot medium endurance cutter USCGC CONFIDENCE (WMEC 619), Port Canaveral, Florida. 

Captain Jimenez’ staff assignments include tours in the Coast Guard Finance Center, Chesapeake, Virginia, as the Chief of the Administrative Services Division; Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, District of Colombia, as the Business Manager for the 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat and the Surface Search Radar projects; Integrated Support Command Seattle, Washington, as the Chief of the Comptroller Division; and most recently, Thirteenth Coast Guard District, Seattle, Washington, as the Chief of the Response Enforcement Branch.  Prior to his Integrated Support Command Seattle tour, Captain Jimenez earned a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Captain Jimenez’ personal awards include two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and one Coast Guard Achievement Medal with operational distinguishing devices.  Captain Jimenez is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC), the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO), and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.

Captain Jimenez is married to Priscilla Barreras of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  They have three children, Nicole, age 20, Ian, age 18, and Ivan, age 15.  They reside in Sammamish, Washington.

CAPTAIN Jose L. Jemenez



Last Modified 1/9/2014