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Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team

3400 Guadalcanal Avenue
San Diego, CA 92140

Lieutenant Commander William L. Arritt
Executive Officer
Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team

Lieutenant Commander William L. Arritt assumed his current duties as Executive Officer, Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team in June 2011.  In his role, he is second in Command in the training, equipping, and deploying eight law enforcement detachments (LEDETs) to conduct non-compliant boarding and maritime interdiction operations in support of national counter-drug and counter-piracy missions.

Lieutenant Commander Arritt, a native of Fayetteville, West Virginia, was commissioned in 1998 following graduation from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.  His first assignment was in CGC THETIS (WMEC 910), homeported in Key West, Florida, where his duties included Deck Watch Officer, Communications and Combat Information Center Officer, and Boarding Officer.  

In 2000, Lieutenant Commander Arritt was assigned as Officer in Charge of a LEDET at Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, Miami, Florida.  During this tour, he deployed on six counter-drug deployments on U.S. and Allied Warships that resulted in the federal conviction of 11 smugglers and the seizure of four vessels with 12,000lbs of cocaine.  On September 12th 2001, he deployed to New York City to provide anti-terrorism protection and security to New York Harbor and waterways for Operation Guarding Liberty to support the overall national maritime security plan Operation Noble Eagle.

In 2002, Lieutenant Commander Arritt was assigned to the Homeland Security Operations Center in Washington DC where he served as a Senior Watch Officer for the Office of Homeland Security and the Department of Homeland Security.

In 2004, Lieutenant Commander Arritt was assigned as the Operations Officer for CGC CONFIDENCE (WMEC 619), homeported in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  During his tour, he deployed on eight Caribbean law enforcement patrols. He supervised the interdiction, safe rescue, and repatriation of 1,324 illegal immigrants bound for the United States.  After Hurricane Katrina, he supervised multiple security boardings at the mouth of the Mississippi River to clear cargo ships for entry into the United States restarting the flow of commerce and sustaining the nation’s economy after the disaster.

In 2006, Lieutenant Commander Arritt attended The College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business and earned a Masters in Business Administration in December of 2007.  Additionally, he is a Certified Public Account (CPA) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).

Following his graduation, Lieutenant Commander Arritt next served four years at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C. in the Assistant Commandant of Resources Directorate where he was responsible for the financial management and oversight for $67 million dollars.

Lieutenant Commander Arritt is single and resides in San Diego, California.


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Last Modified 9/19/2013