Commander Thomas F. Walsh
Prior to reporting to the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, Commander Tom Walsh served as Chief of Response for Sector Key West from 2009 to 2012 where he was responsible for coordinating operations, including 700 Search and Rescue and 200 law enforcement cases a year, in a 55,000 square mile area which borders Cuba and the Bahamas.
Previous operational tours include Operations Officer aboard USCGC TAMPA (WMEC-902), Weapons Officer aboard USCGC NORTHLAND (WMEC-904), and Officer in Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 7F. During these tours, he interdicted more than 2,500 migrants, seized more than 10,000 kilograms of cocaine, enforced fisheries laws off the New England coast, conducted maritime security operations at the 1996 Olympics, and deployed with allied and U.S. Navy warships in support of counternarcotics operations throughout the Caribbean Sea. He also served as the Senior Instructor at the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, (formerly the Maritime Law Enforcement School), was detailed to the Central Intelligence Agency, and served at Coast Guard Headquarters as the Chief of Operational Training.
Commander Walsh is a 1993 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He also obtained a Masters of Business Administration from Old Dominion University in 2004 and a subsequent Masters in Instructional Systems from Florida State University in 2005.
His awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Coast Guard Commendation medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, as well as numerous unit and Service awards. A native of LaSalle, Illinois, Commander Walsh is married to the former Kelly Seibert of Rochester, Minnesota.