Captain Carroll assumed duties as Commander, Sector Hampton Roads in June, 2018, after serving two years as Deputy Commander, and three years as Prevention Department Head. As Sector Commander, he leads 600 Coast Guardsmen on staff and among 14 subunits in conducting Coast Guard missions in Virginia waters and offshore, and his official authorities include Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal On Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.
Captain Carroll graduated from SUNY Maritime College in 1994 earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marine Transportation, and a Third Mates Unlimited Deck License. He entered the Coast Guard that same year under the Maritime Graduate Direct Commission Program.
His first assignment after commissioning was at USCG Headquarters Command Center and the National Response Center in Washington D.C. In 1996, he was assigned to Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads as a Marine Inspector and served as Senior Resident Inspector at Colonna’s Shipyard. He was then assigned to the Investigations Department where he received qualifications in Marine Casualty, Suspension & Revocation and Violation investigator. He was then assigned as the Supervisor of Marine Safety Field Office Long Island, NY, where he was directly responsible for all COTP/FOSCR/OCMI functions for Long Island on behalf of Group/MSO Long Island Sound.
In 2003, he was assigned to the Marine Inspection and Investigation School in Yorktown, VA as the School Chief. He oversaw the largest revision to the Marine Safety School’s curriculum in recent memory to support the Commandant’s Marine Safety Initiative. During this time he also earned a Master of Science degree in International Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime College, where he graduated with honors.
In 2007, he assumed the position of Chief, Inspection Division for Sector St. Petersburg, FL, responsible for the completion of all U.S./International safety and security inspections throughout the West Coast of Florida. In 2010, Captain Carroll assumed the position of Chief of Inspections and Investigations, Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, VA. In this capacity, he provided regional oversight of the Coast Guard’s inspection and investigation programs and activities within the Fifth Coast Guard District. During this tour he was assigned to lead the Formal Investigation into the sinking of the Tall Ship BOUNTY, which sank off Cape Hatteras, NC during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. His Report of Investigation was selected for the Congressman James Sener Award for Excellence in Marine Investigations.
His military decorations include three Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Marine Safety Insignia and several unit and team awards. He is also the recipient of the Department of Homeland Security’s Gold Medal for Excellence for his role in the outfitting of the M/V CAPE RAY and the successful mission to destroy over 600 tons of Syrian chemical weapon precursors.