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 Gunning
CDR Jason Gunning is currently assigned as the Deputy Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector / Air Station Corpus Christi serving 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.
CDR Gunning’s career background is in marine safety, coastal security and emergency response. Most recently, he completed a staff assignment at Coast Guard Headquarters for the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy. His prior field assignments include Sector Long Island Sound as the Prevention Department Head, Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles, LA as Executive Officer, and marine inspections tours at Activities Europe in the Netherlands and Marine Safety Office Houston. His first tours after graduating Office Candidate School in 1998 were the Coast Guard Cutters out of Galveston, TX on the PAPAW, working aids to navigation along the Texas Gulf Coast, and DAUNTLESS, conducting law enforcement patrols in the Caribbean.
CDR Gunning’s personal awards include three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation ribbon and several unit and team awards.
CDR Gunning grew up in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering before joining the Coast Guard in 1997. He also earned a master’s degree in public policy in 2012 from Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government. CDR Gunning is married to the former Angela Segura from Houston, TX and has three children.
Commander Aaron J. Mader
A native of Wyoming, CDR Mader graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon commissioning, he served on the cutter DECISIVE home-ported in Pascagoula, Mississippi primarily conducting counter-drug operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
After selection to U.S. Naval flight training and designation as a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, pilot his first duty station was serving at Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles, California. Upon completion of training at the U.S. Naval Post-Graduate School and the Southern California Safety Institute, he later served as the Flight Safety Officer for Air Station Houston and became certified as an Aircraft Accident Investigator and later selected as the Assistant Operations Officer for the Air Station. While in Houston, CDR Mader earned his Master’s Degree in Systems Management. Then, in 2013, he was assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, once again conducting search and rescue and alien migration interdiction operations in the MH-65.
In 2015 CDR Mader moved to Nassau Bahamas to serve at the U.S. Embassy as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer and Department of Homeland Security Attaché to The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. In this capacity he worked directly with the police and defense forces to improve security cooperation, maritime domain awareness, narcotics/weapons interdiction, and alien interdiction efforts. In 2017 CDR Mader then relocated to Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to stand up a new position as the Command Safety Officer for the Air Station.
CDR Mader is a career pilot with over 3,800 hours of flight time with an Airline Transport Pilot rating from the FAA. CDR Mader’s personal awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Armed Forces Services Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and multiple team and unit awards.
SECTOR COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
AETCM James A. Murray
Master Chief Murray enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in May 1997 and lateralled to the U.S. Coast Guard in February 1999. His first tour of duty was assigned as a Fireman at CG Station San Francisco, CA. He attended Avionics Technician (AVT) “A” school in March 2000. His assignments include duty as an HH-60J Flight Mechanic at CG Air Station Astoria, and then a student at the Advanced Avionics and Integrated Weapons Systems Maintenance Course-C1 (AAIWSM) at NATTC Pensacola, Fl. A C-37A and C-143A Avionicsman at CG Air Station Washington D.C. A Radioman on the HC-130H in Kodiak, AK followed by a short 10-month tour in Savannah, GA. as the Avionics shop Chief. Additionally, he served as the LCPO for Air Station Houston, TX. In his last assignment, he served as the Unit Command Master Chief for Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, WA from 2017-2020.
Master Chief Murray is a native of Cabot, AR. He is completing a degree in Electronics Engineering. In 2008, he was selected as the Nation Capital Region’s Enlisted Person of the Year and was also a nominee for the Douglas Munro Inspirational Leadership Award. He graduated from the CPO Academy class 186 in May 2012 and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course in March 2017. Master Chief Murrays personal awards include: two Coast Guard Commendation Medals with the “O” device, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Commandant Letter of Commendation awards, seven Good Conduct Medals, Command Master Chief Silver Badge Insignia, and the Aircrewman Insignia.