Sector Delaware Bay

1 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 271-4800

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USCG Sector Delaware Bay
Philadelphia, PA



Command - Sector Commander



Captain Jonathan Theel is serving as the Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, overseeing more than 815 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel; 2,100 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, and 22 Coast Guard units, including six stations, seven season stations (small), two aids to navigation teams, five cutters, a Sector Field Officer, and a Marine Safety Detachment. Sector Delaware Bay is responsible for all eleven Coast Guard missions across much of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and all of Delaware out to 200 miles offshore.

He was most recently the Coast Guard military fellow at RAND Corporation, analyzing complex strategic-level public policy challenges within its Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center. Previously, he served as the Assistant Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a strategic analyst to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, the advanced interdiction program manager, the project manager to realign Coast Guard’s deployable specialized forces, a personnel specialist in Officer Personnel Management (OPM-1), and an intelligence analyst in the National Drug Intelligence Center.

Captain Theel’s operational assignments include Chief of Response at Sector Long Island Sound; Commanding Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami (91114); Deputy Commander of Group Grand Haven, Michigan; Officer-in-Charge of a counterdrug Law Enforcement Detachment Team (5F) aboard U.S., British, and Dutch Navy vessels; liaison to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command during Operation Southern Watch; and Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC VALIANT (WMEC 621).

Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1996 with a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science.  Additionally, he earned a Master in Military Studies from the Marine Corps, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and Joint Professional Military Education Phase I. 

Captain Theel is married to the former Anne Jeffcoat, also from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and they have two children, Alexandria and Orion.  His military decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and ​a Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal as well as other personal, unit, and service awards.​


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