COMMANDING OFFICER: Commander James M. O'Mara IV
CDR O’Mara arrived to CGC ACTIVE in January 2019 from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he served as a National Security Affairs Fellow conducting focused research on the USCG role in the Indo-Pacific in support of national strategies. Preceding the Hoover fellowship, CDR O’Mara was assigned to USCGC STRATTON as the Operations Officer from 2016-18, where he planned and executed counterdrug, search & rescue, fisheries, defense operations, and coordinated Secure Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) activities aboard the 418’ National Security Cutter. CDR O’Mara led fleet-wide initiatives, including: the proof of concept deployment with a U.S. Navy H-60S helicopter, and the installation/deployment of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS).
Prior to that tour, CDR O’Mara was a Maritime Advisor to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, serving as Detachment Supervisor and lead integrator for the Maritime Infrastructure Protection Force Training Advisory Group (MIPFTAG) – a foreign military sales case between the U.S. State Department and Saudi Arabia to build a new maritime force under their Ministry of Interior. From 2013-2015, CDR O’Mara served as Maritime Response Program Analyst in the Office of Performance Management & Assessment at USCG Headquarters Washington D.C where he led the Global Force Management Board and coordinate the annual Service-wide allocation of all CG aircraft, boat and cutter resources to USCG Area Commanders, and DoD Combatant Commanders.
In previous tours CDR O’Mara served as Commanding Officer of CGC FARALLON (WPB-1301) San Juan, PR, CGC MONOMOY (WPB-1326) Manama, Bahrain, CGC NARWHAL (WPB-87335) Newport Beach CA, and Deck Watch Officer CGC MUNRO (WHEC-724). CDR O’Mara earned his master’s degrees from the George Washington University, United States Naval War College, and Norwich University, and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2001.