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USCGC WALNUT (WLB 205) Command Cadre


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Lieutenant Commander Robert Cole


Lieutenant Commander Robert Cole reported to USCGC WALNUT in 2016 after serving at the Atlantic Area Cutter Forces Staff where he was responsible for the operational, maintenance, and training schedules of the Atlantic Area Major Cutter Fleet (2 National Security Cutters, 24 Medium Endurance Cutters, and the USCGC EAGLE).

Previous afloat assignments include USCGC SEDGE, followed by USCGC HICKORY, homported in Homer, AK, where he served as deck watch officer.  He was Executive Officer aboard USCGC BLOCK ISLAND, homeported in Atlantic Beach, NC and Executive Officer onboard USCGC JUNIPER, homeported in Newport, RI.

Lieutenant Commander Cole's staff assignments include Officer Candidate School Staff where he served as a Nautical Science Instructor and Platoon Commander.  After three years on staff, Lieutenant Commander Cole served as the Military Aide to the Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy.

Originally from West Hartford, CT, Lieutenant Commander Cole holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the US Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University.


Lieutenant Tim Bonner


Lieutenant Tim Bonner reported to USCGC WALNUT in 2016 after serving at the US Naval Academy as a seamanship and navigation instructor.  While at the Naval Academy, Lieutenant Bonner also acted as the course coordinator of the Basic Navigation program and was responsible for the training and evaluation of midshipmen and naval officers on the Navy's Yard Patrol Craft.

Lieutenant Bonner's previous afloat assignments include Commanding Officer aboard USCGC BLUEFIN, homeported in Fort Pierce, FL and Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC ELM, homeported in Atlantic Beach, NC.

Originally from Ashaway, RI, Lieutenant Bonner is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy class of 2010, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Command Chief

Chief Electrician's Mate Manuel Pangelinan

Chief Electrician's Mate Manuel Pangelinan reported to USCGC WALNUT in 2013.  He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2003 after a lateral transfer from the U.S. Army National Guard.  His previous include 1224 Engineer Detachment, Guam; USCGC CHASE, homeported in San Diego, CA; Naval Engineering Support Unit Portsmouth, VA; Patrol Forces Southwest Asia; USCGC WRANGELL, homeported in Manama, Bahrain; and USCGC SEQUOIA, homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam.