Capt. José E. Díaz

Commander, USCG Sector San Juan

Command Philosophy


Capt. Díaz assumed command of Sector San Juan in June 2022, where he leads Coast Guard missions in the Eastern Caribbean.

Díaz is a native of Aibonito, Puerto Rico and a 1995 graduate of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and he possesses a near costal Master 100-ton U.S. Merchant Mariner credential. He has been assigned to five cutters over his career: Commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC-910) homeported in Key West, Florida from May 2016 to June 2018; executive officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa (WMEC-902) in Portsmouth, Virginia; commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Adak (WPB-1333) in Manama, Bahrain; operations officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC-913) in Key West, Florida; and deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Forward (WMEC-911) in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Capt. Díaz’s assignments ashore include Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue Command Duty Officer at Coast Guard Greater Antilles Section in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Chief of the Law Enforcement Training Branch at the Coast Guard International Training Division in Yorktown, Virginia; Coast Guard Atlantic Area Office of Cutter Forces in Portsmouth, Virginia; Coast Guard Attaché to the Republic of Ecuador; Joint Inter Agency Task Force South Operations Directorate (J3) as Targeting Chief in Key West, Florida; and Maritime Enforcement Branch Chief for the Coast Guard Fifth District in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Díaz is married to Gloribel Rivera-Rodríguez from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. Díaz’s military awards include three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, in addition to other personal and service awards.