Thomas C. D'Arcy
Commander, United States Coast Guard
Executive Officer, U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755)
Commander D'Arcy is originally from Jacobstown, New Jersey, and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Government in 1998.
Upon graduation, he served a Deck Watch Officer, Assistant Navigator, and Law Enforcement Boarding Officer aboard USCGC MORGENTHAU, home-ported in Alameda, CA. His other afloat assignments include tours as Commanding Officer of USCGC ASPEN, home-ported in San Francisco, CA; Executive Officer of USCGC SEQUIOA, home-ported in Apra Harbor, Guam; and Operations Officer, Navigator, and Law Enforcement Officer aboard USCGC WILLOW, home-ported in Newport, RI. His assignments at-sea span the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, conducting counter-drug smuggling operations, search-and-rescue, the servicing of aids-to-navigation and weather buoys, fisheries enforcement, oil-spill recovery and response, and the enforcement of bi-lateral treaties with partner nations.
CDR D'Arcy has also served in various staff positions, including as PACAREA's Chief of Cutter Program Management and WMSL Support Team. As Senior Watch Officer and Deputy of the National Command Center at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, he monitored the Service's world-wide operations to provide strategic awareness to the Commandant, senior staff, and the Department of Homeland Security. His tenure overlapped with several nationally significant maritime efforts, including major hurricanes and disasters, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the international relief efforts following earthquakes that devastated Haiti in 2009 and Japan in 2011.
Selected to serve as a Coast Guard Academy English Instructor, he earned a Master of Arts in English from the University of Washington. At the Academy, he taught Composition, Public Speaking, and Literature; and, he served as Military Advisor to the Class of 2008 and as a Coastal Sail Training Instructor.
CDR D'Arcy's wears the permanent Cutterman's Pin and his military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Commandant's Letters of Commendation, and various unit and personal awards.