CAPT Joseph H. D. Solomon
Commander, Maritime Law Enforcement Academy
Captain Joseph H. D. Solomon assumed command of the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) in June 2018. Leveraging a diverse staff of active duty, civilian and contractor personnel, the MLEA, and its and five subordinate Regional Fisheries Training Centers, provides world class training, assessment, and performance support to all Coast Guard operators conducting Maritime Law Enforcement, Security and Safety missions. As MLEA’s Commander, Captain Solomon is responsible for the well-being, professional development and good order and discipline of over 200 staff, and 9,600 students annually.
A former firefighter and police officer, Captain Solomon enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve in 1991. Subsequent to graduation from Basic Training and Port Security “A” School, he conducted search and rescue and law enforcement operations at Coast Guard Stations St. Clair Shores and Belle Isle as a Port Securityman, Third Class. He received his commission as an Ensign after completing Coast Guard Reserve Officer Candidate Indoctrination in 1995.
Captain Solomon’s initial commissioned assignment was at Coast Guard Reserve Unit Toledo. Follow-on assignments include Assistant Maritime Law Enforcement Officer at Coast Guard Group Detroit, and Assistant Operations Officer at Coast Guard Activities Baltimore. After earning his law degree, Captain Solomon transferred to Maintenance and Logistic Command Atlantic’s Operational Law and Command Advice Branch at Coast Guard Atlantic Area and Fifth District Headquarters. He then served at the Atlantic Area and Fifth District’s Command Center, as a Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator and Supervisor of the Command Duty Officers and Homeland Security Watch. From there, Captain Solomon served as the Commanding Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team Seattle, the Coast Guard’s first dedicated anti-terrorism unit. After his tour in Seattle, he served as the Pacific Area Command’s Maritime Homeland Security, Maritime Law Enforcement and Deployable Specialized Forces Section Chief. He then transferred to Sector North Carolina, where he oversaw response operations as the Response Department Head. Prior to transferring to the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, Captain Solomon served as the Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector Miami.
Captain Solomon’s personal decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, a Navy Achievement Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, the Advanced Boat Force Operations insignia and numerous other unit and team awards.
He is married to the former Miss LeeAnn Bryde, of Lansing, Michigan. They have two daughters, Dana and Kelsey.