Captain Gregory D. Case
Chief of Staff, First Coast Guard District
U.S. Coast Guard
Prior to assignment as First Coast Guard District Chief of Staff, Captain Gregory D. Case attended the Council on Foreign Relations as the Coast Guard Military Fellow for 2016-2017. From 2013-2016 he commanded Sector Saint Petersburg and its 2700 people with 14 sub-units, including five search and rescue stations, eight cutters, and an Aids to Navigation Team. In this capacity he served as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator and Federal Maritime Security Coordinator while directing Coast Guard operations along the west coast of Florida and throughout the Tampa Bay region.
Captain Case is a 1989 graduate of Officer Candidate School and has served in a diverse series of assignments at three staff and eight operational commands along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, Great Lakes, Gulf and Western Rivers. From 2011 to 2013, as the Prevention Chief for the Fifth Coast Guard District, headquartered in Portsmouth, Virginia, Captain Case oversaw waterways management, inspections, investigations, bridges, and Auxiliary forces. From 2009 to 2011, Captain Case was assigned to the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise in Paducah, Kentucky. As the Detachment Supervisor, he stood up a new unit to assist in the development and deployment of towing vessel examiner training that improved the quality and consistency of towing vessel inspections nation-wide. From 2006 to 2009, Captain Case served as Deputy Sector Commander at Sector North Carolina and from 2005 to 2006 as Chief of Prevention at Sector Northern New England.
Prior to the formation of Sectors from 2003-2005, as the Executive Officer of Marine Safety Office Portland, Maine, Captain Case served as the Alternate Captain of the Port and Officer in Charge Marine Inspection for three states from the Canadian border to Massachusetts. From 1999-2003, Captain Case was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as the Assistant Chief of Waterways Management Policy and Planning working with one hundred local Harbor Safety Committees and over fifteen federal agencies to improve consistency in the application of regulations throughout the marine transportation system. From 1994 to 1997, Captain Case was assigned to Group Grand Haven, MI as the Operations Officer before standing up Marine Safety Detachment Grand Haven as the inaugural Supervisor. From 1991 to 1994 Captain Case served as Lead Inspector and Investigator at Marine Safety Office Chicago and from 1989-1991 as an Inspector at Marine Safety Office Puget Sound.
Captain Case’s military awards include five Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and a Coast Guard Achievement Medal. Captain Case holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, where he also earned Certificates in Business Management and Global Trade, Transportation, and Logistics. He is a member of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, Gulf of Mexico Leadership Roundtable.