COMMANDER BEN GULLO
Commander Ben Gullo assumed Executive Officer duties of the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) in Charleston, South Carolina in July 2019. He is responsible for overseeing the MLEA’s mission to annually train over 9,600 students in the safe, legal, and professional enforcement of U.S. laws throughout the maritime environment.
A native of Huntington, New York, CDR Gullo graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Government in 1996; from Hofstra University’s School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1999; and from The U.S. Army’s Legal Center & School (TJAGLCS) with a Masters in Military Law in 2011. Upon receiving his LL.M. from TJAGLCS, he graduated as his Class’ Salutatorian, and his thesis on environmental crimes was internationally published. He maintains licenses to practice law in a number of federal, state, and military courts.
A former Senior Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, CDR Gullo began his military career in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps in 2003. He mobilized for two years in support of Operation Noble Eagle and attained the rank of Captain before recommissioning into the Coast Guard in 2006. In his first assignment, CDR Gullo reported to then-Maintenance & Logistics Command Atlantic, where he prosecuted courts-martial and served as a Fifth District Command Advice and Operational Law Attorney. CDR Gullo’s follow-on active duty, reserve, and detached duty assignments include: the U.S. Army’s Center for Law & Military Operations in Charlottesville, Virginia; the Ninth District in Cleveland, Ohio; Sector Buffalo in Buffalo, New York; Marine Safety Unit Toledo in Toledo, Ohio; and the Office of Budget & Programs (CG-821) in Washington D.C. While at CG-821, he maintained budgetary oversight and congressional liaison responsibilities for the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection Program. While temporarily separated from active duty during 2015–2017, CDR Gullo served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice.
CDR Gullo’s personal awards include four Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, the Basic Parachutist Badge, and numerous other individual, unit, and team awards. In a collateral duty capacity, he serves as a military judge.
He is married to the former Miss Summer Jerue of Westfield, Massachusetts. They have a son Matthew and three daughters, Natalie, Alex, and Jaime.