COMMANDER DOUGLAS K. DANIELS
Commander Doug Daniels assumed the duties of Executive Officer of the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, in July 2017. He is responsible for carrying out the unit’s mission to train Coast Guard personnel in the safe, legal, and professional enforcement of U.S laws in the maritime environment.
A native of Long Island, New York, CDR Daniels graduated with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government, earning highest proficiency in law and induction into the National Political Science Honor Society. A judge advocate, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School Of Law in 2007, graduating Magna Cum Laude, earning induction into the order of the Coif, and having served as an editor of the University of Miami Law Review. CDR Daniels is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of Florida.
His first junior officer assignments were at operational units based in Miami, Florida, where he served as a deck watch officer aboard USCG VALIANT (WMEC 621), and then as Officer-in-Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 402 at Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South. In 2003, following four years of world-wide deployments in support of counter drug and other anti-smuggling operations, then Lieutenant Daniels assumed the duties of Operations Officer at TACLET South, and oversaw the training, equipping and deployment of the unit’s nine LEDETs and K-9 narcotics team. After his operational service, the Coast Guard’s law program selected him for duty under instruction. Beginning in 2007, his first legal assignments following law school were multiple details to the Enforcement Law Division at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Chief Counsel at the U.S Secret Service, the military justice section at U.S. Marine Corp Base Quantico, Virginia, and then later to U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. From 2010 to 2011, he served as the Senior Government Appellate Counsel at the Office of Military Justice at the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, the service’s sole enlisted accession point. In 2015, CDR Daniels returned to Miami to serve as a detailee once again, this time to U.S. Southern Command, where as an operational lawyer he advised clients regarding all manner of U.S. Department of Defense activities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
CDR Daniels’ personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals and three Commandant’s Letters of Commendation. In 2017, he retired from 20 years of competitive rugby, having played lock for the Coast Guard, Miami Trident, Washington Irish and Jersey Shore rugby clubs. He resides with his wife, Rebecca, and daughters, Emma and Ella, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.