Captain Matthew A. Thompson
As Sector Commander, Captain Thompson serves 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. Sector St. Petersburg is comprised of 2,700 Active Duty, Reserve, Civilian, and Auxiliary personnel, as well as 12 multi-mission units, including five boat stations, six cutters, and an Aids to Navigation Team.
Previously, Captain Thompson was assigned to the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center, Officer Personnel Management Division (opm-1) as Chief of Boards, Panels, Promotions, and Separations Branch. There he directed and oversaw all active duty officer promotion boards and advanced education panels, and effected all officer promotions, retirements and separations for the nearly 8,500 member commissioned and warrant officer corps.
Captain Thompson’s operational assignments include Response Department Head at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, five afloat tours as an officer and enlisted Quartermaster, and as Command Center Senior Controller at Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico. His afloat assignments include Commanding Officer of USCGC SAPELO, Executive Officer of USCGC NUNIVAK, Operations Officer of USCGC ACACIA and crewmember onboard USCGCs ATTU and OCRACOKE as an enlisted member.
He also served in staff assignments as Chief of External Affairs at the Coast Guard Eleventh District, where he oversaw and coordinated the congressional, governmental and international engagement programs, as well as on the Coast Guard Pacific Area staff as the program manager for the Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) and Ports Waterways and Coastal Security (PWCS) missions.
Captain Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College in Management, and a Joint Professional Military Education certification through the U.S. Air Force, Air Command and Staff College. He is a permanent Cutterman and holds the Advanced Boat Forces Insignia. His personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, four Commendation Medals, and three Achievement Medals.