SECTOR COMMANDER / AIR STATION COMMANDING OFFICER
Captain Edward Gaynor
Captain Edward Gaynor assumed the duties of Commander, Coast Guard Sector / Air Station Corpus Christi on May 4, 2018. As Sector Commander, Capt Gaynor coordinates maritime security, law enforcement and response operations and serves as Captain of the Port and Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections for South Texas.
Captain Edward Gaynor, born and raised in New England, graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government. His first assignment was aboard the USCGC HARRIET LANE in Portsmouth, VA from 1992-1994 where he served as a deck watch officer and frequently deployed to the North Atlantic conducting fisheries patrols as well as the Caribbean Sea in support of counter-narcotics operations. His follow on assignment was to a Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET 5B) in Portsmouth, VA from 1994-1995 where he deployed aboard U.S. and allied warships conducting counter-narcotics missions. In this capacity he also worked with our allies overseas and deployed to the Middle East to enforce embargo operations during operation DESERT STORM.
He was later designated a Coast Guard Aviator after completing Naval Flight Training from 1995-1997. Following flight school, his first aviation assignment was at Air Station Cape Cod, MA where he flew the HH-60 helicopter from 1997-2001. Following this tour he was sent to Air Station Kodiak, AK from 2001-2004 where he continued to fly the HH-60 helicopter. While in Kodiak he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska and graduated in 2004.
His next assignment brought him to a slightly warmer climate and a change in airframes. He was assigned to Air Station Barber’s Point, HI from 2004-2008 and flew the HC-130 plane while there. Following this assignment, Captain Gaynor was sent to be the Chief Military Liaison Officer for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean nations from 2008-2010. While there, he collaboratively worked with the police and defense forces of seven island nations to improve security cooperation, maritime domain awareness, and narcotics interdiction efforts.
His next assignment brought him to Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, TX from 2010-2013 where he flew the MH-65 helicopter and was both the Response Department Head and Air Operations Officer. After this assignment, Captain Gaynor was stationed in Alameda, CA from 2013-2015 as the Deployable Forces Section Chief managing Port Security Units, Maritime Safety and Security Teams, and the Coast Guard’s three dive lockers. Following this, Captain Gaynor returned to Boston where he was the First District Chief of Incident Management from 2015 to 2018.
Captain Gaynor is a career pilot with over 4,100 flight hours and certified as an Airline Transport Pilot. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, distinguished pistol badge and numerous service and unit awards. Captain Gaynor hails from Duxbury, MA, is married to the former Jeri Lynn Behling from Darby, MT and has a 15 year old son, Ward.
DEPUTY SECTOR COMMANDER
Captain Jason E. Smith
Captain Jason E. Smith is currently assigned as the Deputy Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector / Air Station Corpus Christi. In this position, he serves as the Alternate Captain of the Port, Officer-in-Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator for South Texas.
Throughout his career, CAPT Smith has held numerous field and staff assignments specializing in marine safety, coastal security, and environmental compliance. He most recently served as the Detachment Chief for the Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise where he supervises a team of liquefied gas subject matter experts who provide technical advice to both the industry and the Coast Guard, and increase and maintain the Coast Guard's collective competency and capacity to professionally engage with the liquefied gas industry. CAPT Smith’s previous assignments include Chief of Prevention at Sector Boston where he oversaw a 75 personnel department and two independent commands to ensure compliance with vessel and maritime facility regulatory standards, investigate marine casualty causal factors, and design and maintain the Marine Transportation System, at Coast Guard Headquarters’ Directorate for Commercial Regulations and Standards where he worked as the US's liaison to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and field assignments at the Marine Inspection Office Europe, Rotterdam; Detached Duty Office North Bend, Oregon; Marine Safety Office Puget Sound, Washington; and Marine Safety Detachment Bangor, Maine. CAPT Smith received his active duty commission with the Coast Guard in 1996 after serving as an enlisted reservist for 3 years.
CAPT Smith’s personal awards include two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and other unit and team awards.
Originally from Pelham, New Hampshire, CAPT Smith is a 1996 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy with a B.S in Marine Transportation and a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering with a M.S. in Systems Engineering and Reliability/Risk Engineering.
Commander Lawrence Gaillard
Commander Lawrence Gaillard is currently the Logistics Department Head / Air Station Executive Officer / Commander of Military Personnel at the United States Coast Guard Sector / Air Station Corpus Christi. He is an MH-65D Aircraft Commander and is responsible for all the logistics, administration, engineering, finance and supply for the Sector, Air Station and outlying units in South Texas from the Colorado River to the Rio Grande.
CDR Gaillard most recently served as the Operations Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico responsible for directing all aircraft operations including MH65D, MH60T and HC144 aircraft within the Sector San Juan area of responsibility including Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Eastern Dominican Republic. Prior to this, he served as the Command and Control Core Technology Project Section Chief, at Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. In this position, he led sustainment and development efforts for command and control systems on afloat and aviation platforms including the National Security Cutter, the HC-130J and the HC-144 maritime patrol assets. He also championed the integration of afloat intelligence systems sustainment support including cryptologic support programs and the domestic signals exploitation equipment.
CDR Gaillard was designated a Military Aviator in July 2001 and has amassed over 3200 flight hours flying the MH65 aircraft. His past assignments include HH65 Instructor Pilot and Flight Safety Officer at Sector / Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; HH65 Pilot at Air Station Miami, Florida; Assistant Engineering Officer / Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC MOHAWK in Key West, Florida.
Commander Gaillard’s military awards include the two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Commandant Letters of Commendation with operational distinguishing device, and multiple team and unit awards.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Commander Gaillard is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London Connecticut, earning a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Additionally, he also earned a Master of Business Administration with specialty in Aviation from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.
SECTOR COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
MECM Ian S. Lee
Master Chief Ian S. Lee assumed his duties as Command Master Chief of Sector Corpus Christi on January 1, 2014. His primary responsibility is to advise Captain Tony Hahn, the Commander of Sector Corpus Christi, on issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families within the Sector Corpus Christi area of responsibility. Sector Corpus Christi includes an air station, five cutters, three stations, and three aids to navigation teams. Most recently, Master Chief Lee served as the Assistant Training Officer for the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team in San Diego, California.
Master Chief Lee enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on August 26, 1991. His other previous assignments include the Ready for Operations Team, Sector Corpus Christi, TX; Maritime Saftey and Security Team 91101, Seattle, WA; USCGC POLAR STAR, Seattle, WA; Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team - LEDET 102, San Diego, CA; Tactical Law Enforcement Team Gulf - LEDET 8E, Corpus Christi, TX; Station Port Aransas, TX; Long Range Aids to Navigation Station Attu, AK; and Station Grays Harbor, Westport, WA.
Master Chief Lee's personal awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, one Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, four Commandant Letter of Commendation Ribbons, and numerous other individual and unit awards. He has also earned the Tactical Law Enforcement insignia, Port Security insignia, permanent Cutterman insignia, and Boat Force Operations insignia.
A native of Gallup, New Mexico, Master Chief Lee holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technical Studies from Excelsior College. He is also a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course.