Captain Andy Sugimoto currently serves as the Chief of Staff of the Eighth Coast Guard District. The Eighth District is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states including the Gulf coastline from Florida to Mexico and the adjacent offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri and Tennessee River systems.
CAPT Sugimoto reported from the First Coast Guard District, where he served as Chief of the Response Division. He was primarily charged with conducting operations from the Canadian border to Northern New Jersey including security and defense of New York City and Boston Harbors.
His previous assignments include Commanding Officer of USCGC STRATTON out of Alameda, CA. STRATTON conducted operations in support of OP ARCTIC SHIELD north of Alaska and counter narcotics patrols in the Eastern Pacific. Other afloat assignments included serving as Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Cutter ACUSHNET, Ketchikan, AK; and Coast Guard Cutter TYBEE, San Diego, CA. CAPT Sugimoto also served as Executive Officer in Coast Guard Cutter CHASE, San Diego, CA, Coast Guard Cutter MONOMOY, Woods Hole, MA, and Deck Watch Officer in Coast Guard Cutter SHERMAN home ported in Alameda, CA.
Staff and ashore assignments have included: Chief, Incident Management Branch of the Ninth Coast Guard District, which spans the five Great Lakes, Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states, including 1,500 miles of international border. He was responsible for safely prosecuting Search and Rescue cases and responding to all operational incidents which occur within the area of responsibility. He was also assigned as Staff Judge Advocate for the Ninth Coast Guard District, Cleveland OH; practiced Operational Law, Military Justice and Legal Assistance for the Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific, Alameda, CA, and stood watch as Command Duty Officer for the Eleventh Coast Guard District in Long Beach CA and the PACAREA Command Center in Alameda CA.
CAPT Sugimoto graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. He graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2002 and was conferred a Juris Doctorate.
Captain Sugimoto's military awards include a five Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, a Commandant's Letter of Commendation, and several other unit awards. He has served more than 12 years at sea and is a proud Cutterman.