Captain, United States Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755)
A native of Greenwich, NY, CAPT James Estramonte graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1993. After graduation, he was assigned aboard USCGC RUSH (WHEC-723) in Honolulu, HI, as a Deck Watch Officer and Law Enforcement Boarding Officer. During this time, he patrolled extensively in the Bering Sea and the East Pacific Ocean off the coast of South and Central America.
From there, he was assigned to the Coast Guard Seventh District Maritime Intelligence Center, in Miami, FL, where he worked as Watch Officer/Supervisor and Post-Seizure Collections Officer. In 1999, he was assigned as Executive Officer of Tactical Law Enforcement Team South in Miami, FL, where he supervised 9 Law Enforcement Detachments and 2 Deployable Pursuit Boat teams.
CAPT Estramonte returned to sea as Operations Officer aboard USCGC CHASE (WHEC-718), in San Diego, CA, where he was in charge of the tactical and strategic deployment of the entire ship and directly led a 60 person department. From there, he was selected to the Coast Guard's financial management program and attended George Mason's School of Management, in Fairfax, VA. Upon completion of his Master in Business Administration, he was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters, in Washington, DC, in the Financial Analysis division of the Assistant Commandant for Resources.
In 2009, CAPT Estramonte once again returned to sea, and once again returned to serve aboard USCGC RUSH (WHEC-723), this time as Executive Officer. In two short years, he was able to operate in almost every part of the Pacific Ocean, from China to Panama, Alaska and the Federated States of Micronesia. RUSH also took part in the 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise, the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, operating in conjunction with military units and personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States.
CAPT Estramonte’s next assignment was his first command, USCGC VIGILANT (WMEC-617), in Cape Canaveral, FL, where he patrolled extensively throughout the Caribbean Sea and led a crew of 70 personnel.
In 2013, CAPT James Estramonte returned to Washington, DC as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Honorable Jeh C. Johnson. Most recently, he served as a military fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
CAPT Estramonte has been married to his wife, Luz, for 18 years and has two children, Marissa and Bella. They reside in Alameda, CA.