CDR Simmons reports to TAMPA from the Coast Guard Counterintelligence Service (CGCIS) East Region in Portsmouth, Virginia. Assigned to CGCIS since 2014, he served as the Assistant Supervisory Agent and Chief of Counterintelligence Analysis and Production, with responsibility for oversight and execution of all counterintelligence activities in Coast Guard Atlantic Area. CDR Simmons’ other assignments ashore include Deputy Military Assistant to Secretary Janet Napolitano at Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, Washington DC, from 2010 to 2012, and as a strategic intelligence analyst at Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center in Suitland, MD from 2003 to 2006.
CDR Simmons is a permanent cutterman with more than eight years of sea time. His previous afloat assignments include Deck Watch Officer and Assistant Operations Officer in cutter DILIGENCE, Wilmington, NC; Operations Officer in cutter FORWARD, Portsmouth, VA; Commanding Officer in cutter WASHINGTON, Santa Rita, Guam; and Executive Officer in cutter LEGARE, Portsmouth, VA.
CDR Simmons is a 2000 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Government with high honors. He holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Joint Military Intelligence College, where he received the Anna Caracristi Award for academic excellence.
CDR Simmons’ military awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Operational Distinguishing Device (3 awards), and various other personal and unit awards. He is also a recipient of the Secretary of Homeland Security service badge.