Patrol Forces Southwest Asia




Captain John J. Driscoll

Captain John J. Driscoll assumed the duties as Commander, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in June 2016 following a tour as Chief, Drug and Migrant Interdiction, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

At sea, Captain Driscoll has commanded Coast Guard Cutters THETIS (WMEC 910), NANTUCKET (WPB 1316) and MATAGORDA (WPB 1303). Other afloat assignments include tours as Officer in Charge of a Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET); as Supply and then Operations Officer in USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC 726) highlighted by a 1999 deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf as part of the USS CONSTELLATION Carrier Battle Group; and as Executive Officer aboard USCGC MOHAWK (WMEC 913) when the ship's major accomplishments included the response to the disaster caused by the earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti, and MOHAWK's deployment to Africa as part of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP).

Captain Driscoll has served ashore at the National Response Center, Coast Guard Headquarters; as a Search and Rescue Controller/Command Duty Officer at the Eleventh Coast Guard District/Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda, California; as a lead planner in the Plans Division (J5), United States Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and as Deputy Chief, Air and Maritime Programs (J5), Headquarters, United States Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany. Captain Driscoll served as the Coast Guard liaison to, and an operational planner on, Joint Task Force ODYSSEY DAWN during the 2011 combat operations to protect civilians in Libya.

Captain Driscoll's military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Staff Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, as well as other personal, unit and service awards.

Captain Driscoll holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. Captain Driscoll is the first Coast Guard graduate of the United States Navy's Maritime Advanced Warfighting School. 


Commander Alain V. Balmaceda

Commander Balmaceda assumed the duties as Deputy Commander, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia ATFORSWA) in May 2016 after having served as Executive Officer, USCGC MORGENTHAU (WHEC 722) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Commander Balmaceda is a 1996 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation from the Academy, he served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC THETIS and USCGC SPENCER homeported in Key West, FL and Boston, MA respectively from 1996-1998. From 1998-2000, he served as a member of the commissioning crew and Plank Owner aboard the polar ice breaker USCGC HEALY on her maiden voyage across the Northwest Passage en route her homeport in Seattle, WA. While assigned to HEALY, he completed EOD dive qualifications through the U.S. Navy Dive and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, FL and served as a member of HEALY's first polar icebreaking dive team in support of National Science Foundation Arctic missions.

From 2000-2002, he attended the University of Illinois where he completed his Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Following post graduate training, he was assigned to Civil Engineering Unit Oakland where he served as a project engineer and Chief of the Ocean Engineering Branch. Longing to return to sea, he was assigned as Operations Officer aboard the USCGC GALLATIN homeported in Charleston, SC from 2004-2006. His tour aboard GALLATIN was highlighted by record drug busts in the Caribbean Sea and direct relief efforts in support of the devastating effects of Hurricanes KATRINA and RITA to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Follow on sea tours included duty as Executive Officer of USCGC ESCANABA homeported in Boston, MA which was highlighted by their 2012 deployment throughout eastern South America in support of UNITAS; and as Executive Officer of USCGC MORGENTHAU from 2014-2016.

From 2006-2010, he served as the Chief of the Atlantic Area Force Readiness Branch, more commonly known as the Atlantic Area Training Team. Following Coast Guard modernization efforts, the Atlantic Area Training Team transitioned under the Coast Guard's newly established Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) where he assumed command of the newly commissioned unit USCG TRAININING TEAM EAST. His most recent staff tour was as the Deputy Chief of the Air and Maritime Programs Branch (J5) at United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he promoted and executed law-enforcement-centric capacity building projects in the post conflict regions of West Africa.

CDR Balmaceda is a Cutterman and a qualified Coast Guard Diver. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, as well as other personal, unit and service awards.

He is married to the former Anne-Marie Caraig and they have three children, Isabel, Lucas and Mateo.

Master Chief Jeffrey S. Ryan

Master Chief Jeffrey Ryan assumed duties as Command Master Chief, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) in June 2016. A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, he entered the United States Navy in 1986. Upon graduating Basic Training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Waukegan, IL he was assigned to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), Norfolk, VA as a Quartermaster. He joined the United States Coast Guard August 4th, 1993. He was assigned as a Quartermaster 2nd Class to USCGC GALLATIN (WHEC-721) in Governors Island, NY. From there, his subsequent assignments include Operations Petty Officer, USCGC BAINBRIDGE ISLAND (WPB-1343) home ported in Sandy Hook, NJ, USCG Vessel Traffic Service New York Harbor, New York, NY, Leading Quartermaster, USCGC SENECA (WMEC-906) home ported in Boston, MA, Leading Quartermaster, USCGC WILLOW (WLB-202) home ported in Newport, RI, Operations Petty Officer/1st Lieutenant, as well as being a plank owner” aboard USCGC SHAMAL (WPC-13) home ported in Pascagoula, MS, Executive Petty Officer and Officer in Charge at CG Station Little Creek, VA, Officer in Charge USCGC RIDLEY (WPB-87328) home ported in Montauk, NY and as School Chief, Boatswains Mate School, and USCG TRACEN Yorktown, VA. His last assignment was as Officer in Charge USCGC SEAHAWK (WPB 87323) stationed at Panama City Beach, FL.

Master Chief Ryan has served over 19 years at sea and earned his Officer in Charge Certification as a Chief Boatswains Mate in 2007. Master Chief Ryan is a graduate of the Air Force Senior NCO Academy Class 04-03, the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, the National Defense University Senior Enlisted Joint PME, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Excelsior College.

Master Chief Ryan's personal awards include 6 Coast Guard Commendation Medals, 2 Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and 3 Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon's, all with the operational distinguishing device. His other awards include 7 Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, the Sea Service ribbon with silver and bronze star and numerous other service and unit awards. Master Chief Ryan holds a permanent Cutterman's Insignia, permanent Boat Forces Insignia (pewter and gold), Officer in Charge Afloat Insignia, Officer in Charge Ashore Insignia and the Navy Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Insignia (ESWS).

Master Chief Ryan is married to the former Diana Honea of Covington, LA, and they have 3 children, Bronson 29, John Patrick 9, and Aiden 8.