CDR Pate


Commander Andrew L. Pate

Commanding Officer

Commander Pate reports to MOHAWK from the Office of Congressional Affairs (CG-0921) where he served as Coast Guard Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Coast Guard’s primary authorizing committee. While on detail Commander Pate helped author the 2020 Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act and worked closely with stakeholders to advance national priorities in support of needed authorities and appropriations for the Coast Guard.

Commander Pate previously served aboard five cutters including LEGARE in Portsmouth, VA as Executive Officer; NANTUCKET in St. Petersburg, FL as Commanding Officer; BARANOF in the Kingdom of Bahrain as Commanding Officer; MARLIN in Fort Myers Beach, FL as Commanding Officer; and GALLATIN in Charleston, SC as Deck Watch and Combat Information Center Officer. At sea, Commander Pate has executed a wide variety of missions including counter-drug operations, migrant interdiction operations, ports, waterways, and coastal security, fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, and defense operations. Commander Pate forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM from 2009 to 2010 under the operational control of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.

His policy and staff experience include assignments as Congressional Liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives during the 109th Congress and Congressional Fellow during the 110th Congress, assigned to the personal staff of U.S. Senator Roger F. Wicker (R-MS). Following graduate school, Commander Pate served in the Coast Guard’s Office of Budget Development (DCO-82) and as Transition Team Member for the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard. He also served as Strategic Analyst and Plankowner in the Commandant’s Advisory Group (CAG) at Coast Guard Headquarters. In 2018, Commander Pate was the Coast Guard’s International Security Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.

A native of Wesley Chapel, Florida, Commander Pate earned his military commission and Bachelor of Science degree in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2002.  He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and is a licensed professional mariner. Commander Pate is President of his Academy Class and the 2014 recipient of the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Achievement Award. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Iraqi Service Medal, Permanent Cutterman’s Insignia, the Commandant’s Staff Identification Badge and numerous other team awards. Commander Pate and his wife Kristen have three children; Aidan, Karissa, and Alexander.


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100 Trumbo Point Annex
Key West, FL 33040
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