Commander Thomas D. Crane
Commander Crane reported to USCGC CAMPBELL on July 12, 2019 from the Coast Guard Headquarters’ Office of Cutter Forces where he served as the Patrol Boat Policy and Capabilities Division Chief responsible for resource planning, advocacy and policy guidance for the Coast Guard’s fleet of 137 patrol boats. He also served as the Coast Guard’s Strategic Homeporting Officer, where he was responsible for the planning and strategic laydown of the entire 250 cutter fleet.
Commander Crane’s first tour of duty was as Operations Officer aboard the coastal buoy-tender USCGC RED WOOD (WLM 685), homeported in Philadelphia, PA. Upon her decommissioning and subsequent transfer to the Argentinean Navy, Commander Crane served as Operations Officer aboard the icebreaking tug USCGC MOBILE BAY (WTGB 103) and Aids to Navigation barge (CGB 12002), homeported in Sturgeon Bay, WI. This was followed by a third tour afloat serving as Executive Officer aboard the icebreaking tug USCGC PENOBSCOT BAY (WTGB 107), homeported in Bayonne, NJ. After his afloat tour in New York, he served as the Senior Watch Officer/Command Duty Officer at the Sector New York Command and Vessel Traffic Center on Staten Island, NY, where he was also charged with the responsibility of the Aids to Navigation Officer for Sector New York. Returning to sea in 2006, Commander Crane assumed command of the icebreaking tug USCGC THUNDER BAY (WTGB 108), homeported in Rockland, ME. Following his Command afloat tour in 2009, he was selected to attend the Coast Guard’s Transportation Management post graduate program at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME. After post graduate school, Commander Crane was assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Navigation Systems (CG-NAV), where he developed new standards and policies for waterway aids to navigation marking and design. Commander Crane returned to sea as Executive Officer aboard USCGC VIGOROUS (WMEC 627), Cape May, NJ and Virginia Beach, VA, in 2013, conducting counter drug and migrant interdiction operations along with living marine resources enforcement in Atlantic Area.
Commander Crane, a native of East Lyme, CT, is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences. He earned a Master’s in Maritime Management and Global Supply Chain Logistics from Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME in 2011.
Commander Crane’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Department of Transportation 9/11 Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon Bar, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.