Eleventh Coast Guard District

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Captain Tad Wilson


Captain Wilson is currently serving as the Chief of Staff, Coast Guard District Eleven. He is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. After receiving his commission, Captain Wilson served an initial tour as Engineering Officer of the Watch and Officer of the Deck aboard Coast Guard Cutter THETIS, executing law enforcement and drug and migrant interdiction missions in the Caribbean Basin. He attended Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, and served his first aviation tour flying the HH-65A helicopter at Air Station San Francisco, California. He was designated an Aeronautical Engineer and served as the Assistant Aeronautical Engineering Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia.

In 2010 Captain Wilson earned a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University. He went on to be the Airworthiness Sustainment Branch Chief and Engineering Services Division Chief at the Aviation Logistics Center, assuring the airworthiness of the Coast Guard’s aging aviation fleet of over 200 aircraft. Captain Wilson then returned to the operational Coast Guard as the Engineering Officer of Air Station San Francisco before fleeting up to serve as Executive Officer. He then attended the US Naval War College where he earned a Master of Arts with distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies. He then served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics and most recently as Commanding Officer of the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.