Captain Todd D. Vance
USCGC JAMES (WMSL-754)
Prior to receiving orders to USCGC JAMES, Captain Vance served as the Chief of Intelligence for the Commander, Atlantic Area; responsible for intelligence production, oversight and resource management for the Atlantic Area Intelligence Enterprise.
Captain Vance previously served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence (CG-2) at Coast Guard Headquarters, following his assignment as the Plans and Policy Division Chief for Technical Intelligence (CG-257). Captain Vance’s other previous shore assignments include the Office of Law Enforcement at District Seven, Miami, FL, the Office of Cutter Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters, the Intelligence Coordination Center, Suitland, MD, and as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy for Operations (DCO-D) at Coast Guard Headquarters.
Upon receiving his commission, he served as a Deck Watch Officer and First Lieutenant on USCGC TAMPA (WMEC 902) home ported in Portsmouth, VA. Subsequent afloat assignments include Executive Officer of USCGC FARALLON (WPB 1301) in Miami, FL; Commanding Officer of USCGC MANITOU (WPB 1302); Commanding Officer of USCGC KEY BISCAYNE (WPB 1339) in Key West, FL; and Executive Officer, then Commanding Officer of USCGC LEGARE (WMEC 912) in Portsmouth, VA.
Captain Vance is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management. He also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College and is currently working on his Masters of Business Administration.
Captain Vance is a permanent Cutterman and is a licensed Merchant Mariner. Personal awards earned are a tribute to the shipmates he has had the honor to serve with.