CDR Jacob T. McMillan

Commanding Officer, CGC VALIANT

Commander Jacob T. McMillan assumed command of USCGC VALIANT on 17 June, 2022. A native of Valdosta, GA, CDR Jacob McMillan graduated from the University of Georgia and then attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) in New London, CT in 2005. After completing OCS, CDR McMillan was stationed at the Coast Guard’s Eighth District in New Orleans, LA and participated in the Coast Guard’s historic Hurricane Katrina response. CDR McMillan then transferred to his first afloat assignment as a Deck Watch Officer on board CGC CONFIDENCE in Cape Canaveral, FL.

His follow-on afloat tours include Operations Officer, USCGC VALIANT, Miami, FL; Commanding Officer, USCGC FARALLON, San Juan, PR; and Executive Officer, USCGC RESOLUTE, St. Petersburg, FL. In these afloat positions, CDR McMillan has been involved in a wide variety of missions, including drug and migrant interdictions, search and rescue operations, fisheries enforcement, and humanitarian aid and disaster response.

In 2014, CDR McMillan completed a Master's Degree in Education and served as the Assistant Training Officer at Training Center Cape May, NJ. CDR McMillan recently completed a tour as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, U.S. Embassy Nassau, where he advanced strategic international relationships and coordinated joint search and rescue, migrant interdiction, and counter-drug operations with international and inter-agency partners.

CDR McMillan’s military awards include five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and two Commandant’s Letters of Commendation.

CDR McMillan is married to Haley McMillan (formerly Haley Tomlin) of Cape May, NJ. They are both excited about returning to Florida and living and working in the Jacksonville community.