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Commanding Officer

Commander Christopher M. Pascuito

Commanding Officer

Cmdr. Christopher M. Pasciuto, is a native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, and received his commission in the Coast Guard in 2001 after graduating from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and a 3rd Mate Unlimited Tonnage License.


Prior to taking command of the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance, Cmdr. Pasciuto served four previous afloat assignments and has patrolled waters ranging from New England to the coast of Haiti and across the Caribbean region: From 2001-2003 he was assigned as a Deck Watch Officer onboard USCGC Escanaba hailing out of Boston, while onboard he took part in the Coast Guard’s increased security of New York harbor following the 9/11 terror attacks, North Atlantic fisheries enforcement and alien migrant interdiction operations. From 2006-2008 he was assigned as Operations Officer onboard USCGC Reliance in Portsmouth, NH where he led several major search and rescue operations, interdicted and cared for hundreds of migrants off the coast of Florida and Haiti, carried out multiple fisheries enforcement patrols and participated in homeland security operations. From 2008-2010, Cmdr. Pasciuto was assigned as the Commanding Officer of USCGC Drummond and then USCGC Kodiak Island both stationed in Key West, FL. He was responsible for patrolling waters of the Caribbean where he routinely disrupted dangerous maritime migration ventures, rescued mariners from peril at sea and executed operations to suppress the smuggling and trafficking of people, narcotics and other illicit activity by sea. Most recently, Cmdr. Pasciuto served as Executive Officer onboard USCGC Escanaba from 2012-2014 in Boston. While onboard, the cutter supported numerous Coast Guard operations including off shore search and rescue, national defense, federal fisheries enforcement, migrant and drug interdiction missions and homeland security operations.


Cmdr. Pasciuto also completed three shore assignments. From 2003-2006 he was stationed at the Coast Guard’s 9th District Rescue Coordination Center in Cleveland, OH where he managed hundreds of emergency operations including an international response to a plane crash, frequent ice rescue cases and daily response to boaters in distress. From 2010-2012, Cmdr. Pasciuto was assigned to the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS), a counter drug taskforce located in Key West, Florida as the Surface and Air Resources Division Chief. While at JIATFS, his effort directly contributed to the interdiction of over $5 billion worth of cocaine, more than 600 arrests and 200 vessels and aircraft seizures. Most recently, Cmdr. Pasciuto was assigned to USCG Headquarters, Office of Maritime Law Enforcement Policy in Washington, D.C., from 2014-2018. During this assignment he maintained and re-negotiated over 45 international bilateral agreements to combat illicit smuggling and trafficking, authored the USCG’s first every policy on handling unaccompanied alien children encountered at sea, successfully led an interagency team to overhaul national maritime migrant biometrics collection policies and was often the USCG’s principle member for the interagency Maritime Operation Threat Response (MOTR) process. Furthermore, he chaired nine multinational counter drug summits, each attended by 70 international agencies across the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean.


Cmdr. Pasciuto is a permanent Cutterman.  His personal awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, multiple Coast Guard Commendation and Achievement Medals, and numerous unit and service awards.