Commander Michael T. Ross
CDR Michael T. Ross is originally from Fairmont, West Virginia and his educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Resource, Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan, a Master’s of Science in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture from Auburn University and a Master’s of Marine Resource Management from Texas A & M University. In 2004, CDR Ross entered the U.S. Coast Guard through the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School.
His shore assignments include the Maritime Security Response Team Chesapeake, Virginia and the Coast Guard Pacific Area, as the Pacific Area Living Marine Resources Program Manager. His afloat assignments include Deck Watch Officer on CGC ACUSHNET in Ketchikan, Alaska; Operations Officer and Navigator on CGC ALEX HALEY in Kodiak, Alaska; Commanding Officer of CGC CUSHING in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Executive Officer on CGC CAMPBELL in Kittery, Maine.
Commander Mario G. Gil
CDR Gil enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in April 1997 and received his commission as an officer in February 2007.
CDR Gil’s prior afloat assignments include Commanding Officer aboard both USCGC JOSEPH TEZANOS (WPC 1118), in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and USCGC CUSHING (WPB 1321) in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. He served as Operations Officer aboard USCGC DECISIVE (WMEC 629) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and First Lieutenant aboard USCGC RESOLUTE (WMEC 620) in St. Petersburg, Florida. His enlisted afloat assignments include USCGC TAHOMA (WMEC 908) in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and USCGC VENTUROUS (WMEC 625) in St. Petersburg, Florida.
CDR Gil’s ashore assignments include Coast Guard Liaison Officer and Senior Military Representative in the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. Patrol Boat Manager, Living Marine Resource Officer, and Enforcement Duty Officer at the Seventh Coast Guard District (D7). CDR Gil was also assigned as the Search and Rescue Duty Officer and National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Liaison Officer at the D7 Command Center as well as a Contracting Officer at Integrated Support Command Miami.
CDR Gil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a Master’s of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He holds a 200 Ton U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License. CDR Gil’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, five Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation ribbons, and various other personal and unit awards.
Chief Brian J. Black
CSC Black enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March 2003 prior to enlisting in the U. S. Coast Guard in July 2012.
While serving in the Navy, CSC Black served aboard the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) homeported in Mayport, FL from 2003 to 2007. While serving in the Coast Guard, CSC Black served aboard CGC SENECA (WMEC 906) homeported in Boston, MA from 2012 to 2015. He served as the Food Service Officer at Small Boat Station Cortez, FL, aboard CGC SPAR (WLB 206) and CGC CYPRESS (WLB 210) both homeported in Kodiak, AK, and aboard CGC OUACHITA (WLR 65501) homeported in Chattanooga, TN. He currently serves as the Food Service Officer and Command Senior Enlisted Leader aboard CGC RESOLUTE (WMEC 620).
CSC Black holds an Associates of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from American Military University. CSC Black’s military awards include four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation ribbon. In addition to various other personal and unit level awards, CSC Black wears the Permanent Cutterman Insignia with more than eleven years afloat.