Owen L. Gibbons


U.S. Coast Guard


CO official photo.jpgCAPT Gibbons took over as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J., in June 2016. In this role, he oversees the basic training of approximately 3,800 new Coast Guard men and women annually. CAPT Gibbons is returning to Training Center Cape May for his third tour of duty in “The Coast Guard’s Hometown,” having served earlier as Executive Officer, and having started his career here, when he enlisted in 1985.

A  permanent Cutterman with nearly 14 years at sea, CAPT Gibbons has served aboard Cutters REDWOOD in New London, CT, TAMPA in Portsmouth, VA, and FIREBUSH in Kodiak, AK, where he served as a Deck Watch Officer, Operations Officer, Navigator, and Boarding Officer. He has served as Commanding Officer of Cutters POINT FRANCIS and CHINOOK in New London, CT as well as WILLIAM TATE in Philadelphia, PA and WILLOW in Newport, RI.

Ashore, CAPT Gibbons served as a Petty Officer at Station Tybee in Savannah, GA and as Training Officer at Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic on Governor’s Island, NY. In addition, he was assigned as the Ship Control and Navigation Training Simulator (SCANTS) Coordinator at the Coast Guard Academy and was later selected to serve as the Assistant School Chief for the Command and Operations School at the Leadership Development Center. He has also served as the Deputy Chief of the Office of Leadership and Professional Development at Coast Guard Headquarters and as Officer Candidate School Chief at the Leadership Development Center.

CAPT Gibbons is a graduate of Electronic Technician Class “A” School and holds a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. CAPT Gibbons is an Honorary Chief Petty Officer and a Coast Guard Master Training Specialist. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (4), and Coast Guard Achievement Medal (2). He and his wife of 31 years, Kathy, are proud parents of their daughter Kaitlin, who works as an Instructional Designer in Tampa, FL.


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