Sector Miami Deputy Commander
Captain Daniel C. Jones
Captain Dan Jones serves as Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami. Prior to his arrival, he was assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command where he served as the Civil Support Exercises Branch Chief overseeing the planning and execution of the annual ARDENT SENTRY and VIBRANT RESPONSE exercises.
Captain Jones’ last operational assignment was at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, NY where he served as the Chief of Response overseeing all Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Border Security and Pollution Response on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
Command Assignments include service as Commanding Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team, New Orleans where his team executed numerous missions in Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security, presidential security details and deployments to Combined Task Force - 151 in support of counter-piracy operations. Additionally, Captain Jones oversaw all Coast Guard small boat operations during the DEEPWATER HORIZON oil spill response. He also commanded the USCGC POMPANO and USCGC POINT MONROE during the immediate aftermath of September 11th terrorist attacks, providing critical maritime security along the Gulf Coast and Louisiana Offshore Oil Port.
Previous non-command assignments include service as Comptroller and Operations Officer at U. S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak, AK, where he established and led the Coast Guard’s first forward logistics operating base in Barrow, Alaska. Captain Jones also served as the Coast Guard's Operating Expenses Appropriation Manager within the Coast Guard’s Office of Budget Execution (CG-831), Navigator aboard the USS PAUL. F. FOSTER, and First Lieutenant aboard the USCGC STEADFAST.
Captain Jones holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis. He graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1997. He is Certified Government Financial Manager, holds the Advanced Boat Forces, Cutterman, and Surface Warfare Officer designation. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal with Operational Distinguishing Device and 2 GS, the 9-11 Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal with the Operational Distinguishing Device and 2 GS, the Navy / Marine Corp Commendation Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Arctic Service Medal.
He is married to Julie (Dickens) Jones. Captain and Mrs. Jones have two children, Madison (14), and Matthew (11).