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USCGC Forward (WMEC 911) Commanding Officer

Commander Michael D. Sharp
Commanding Officer
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Forward

Cmdr. Michael D. Sharp, USCG  Cmdr. Michael D. Sharp enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in July 1994.  Following boot camp he served as a non-rate assigned to USCGC Bittersweet (WLB-389) home ported in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  During his first assignment Cmdr. Sharp was selected to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with the class of 1999. Cmdr. Sharp’s first tour upon graduation was as Supply Officer aboard USCGC Decisive (WMEC-629) home ported in Pascagoula, Mississippi. 

His next assignment was as Executive Officer of USCGC Kiska (WPB-1336) home ported in Hilo, Hawaii. Cmdr. Sharp then volunteered to be the Operations Officer of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and Coast Guard Liaison to Commander Destroyer Squadron 50 located in Manama, Bahrain.  His follow-on assignment was as Commanding Officer of USCGC EDISTO (WPB-1313) home ported in San Diego, California. Cmdr. Sharp then served as a Portfolio Manager in the Office Budget Development for the Deputy Commandant for Operations (CG-DCO-82) at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.  

He returned to sea as Executive Officer of USCGC Northland (WMEC-904) home ported in Portsmouth, Virginia. Cmdr. Sharp is reporting to USCGC Forward from the Office of Requirements & Analysis (CG-771) at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, where he served as the Deputy.  

Cmdr. Sharp earned a Baccalaureate Degree in Operations Research from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Trident University International, a Master’s Degree in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School, a Master’s Degree in Modeling and Simulation from the University of Central Florida and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Cmdr. Sharp’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3 awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal and Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, all with the operational distinguishing device.