Deputy Sector Commander
Cmdr. William Walsh
Commander Walsh reported to Sector St. Petersburg as the Deputy in June of 2018 after serving as Response Chief from 2017 to 2018. As the Deputy Sector Commander he serves as the alternate Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal On-Scene Commander, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. He oversees the safe execution of the Sector’s missions of marine inspection, investigations, waterways management, compliance, search and rescue, homeland security, environmental protection, living marine resources, and law enforcement throughout the Sector St. Petersburg area of responsibility.
CDR Walsh’s operational experience was honed through 10 years of experience as a Boatswains Mate aboard several cutters, a small boat station and as a search and rescue controller. His field tours as a commissioned officer include serving as the Group Assistant Operations Officer in Charleston, SC, Executive Officer of the Maritime Safety and Security Team 91109 in San Diego, CA, and the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station New York, in Staten Island NY.
His staff tours at Training Yorktown, as the Boat Forces Assistant School Chief, the Personnel Support Command as an Officer Evaluations Reviewer, the Special Assignments Detailer and at U.S. Southern Command in Miami, FL, as a Security Cooperation Desk Officer, have provided him with a unique perspective that spans training, human resources management and maritime policy and regional strategy.
CDR Walsh’s Coast Guard awards include one Defense Service Medal, one Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and multiple team, unit and service awards. CDR Walsh was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management from American Military University, skills he uses to dabble in entrepreneurial endeavors.