Captain James B. Pruett
District Chief of Staff
U.S. Coast Guard District Eleven
Captain Jim Pruett assumed the duties as the Chief of Staff for the Eleventh Coast Guard District in August 2017. As Chief of Staff, Captain Pruett is the principle advisor to the District Commander on all Coast Guard missions conducted in the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah and the coastal and offshore waters to include the offshore waters of Mexico and Central America covering over 3.3 million square nautical miles.
Captain Pruett previously served as the Commander of Coast Guard Sector Guam, where he directed all Coast Guard missions across the U.S. Territory of Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. He also directed a search and rescue region that encompassed the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau. Captain Pruett also served as the Deputy Commander, Sector Miami. Prior his assignment at Sector Miami, CAPT Pruett served nine years in several legal assignments as a Judge Advocate and law specialist. His assignments included serving as the Staff Judge Advocate at the United States Coast Guard Academy and Chief Counsel to the Superintendent; Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the Seventh Coast Guard District; and staff legal officer Pacific Area/Maintenance and Logistic Command Pacific from 2003 through 2006 in Alameda, California.
Prior to CAPT Pruett’s career as a Judge Advocate, he served in the marine safety and prevention field. His tours included Marine Safety Office/Group Portland, Oregon as a Senior Marine Inspector, Chief, Port State Control/Foreign Vessel Branch, and Chief, Planning and Contingency Department; Supervisor, Marine Safety Detachment, Territory of American Samoa; and Marine Safety Office, Puget Sound as a marine inspector and marine casualty investigator apprentice.
CAPT Pruett received his commission in 1991 at Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University, School of Law in San Francisco and is a member in good standing with the Bar for both the State of California and Supreme Court of the United States. CAPT Pruett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico.
CAPT Pruett has been awarded the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.