Meet the Commanding Officer

Captain Paul A Flynn

Commanding Officer

Captain Flynn is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon receiving his commission, CAPT Flynn served as a Deck Watch Officer in USCGC PAPAW (WLB-308), Galveston, Texas, maintaining offshore Aids to Navigation in the western Gulf of Mexico. In 1993, he assumed command of USCGC POINT BAKER (WPB-82342) in Sabine Pass, Texas, conducting law enforcement and search & rescue operations throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Straits of Florida. Responding to the 1994 Cuban migrant exodus under Operation ABLE VIGIL, the POINT BAKER crew rescued 392 Cuban rafters. In 1995 he was selected to attend the University of Rhode Island where he earned a Masters Degree in Marine Affairs.

Following graduate school in 1996, CAPT Flynn was assigned to the Office of Law Enforcement, 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska. Two years later CAPT Flynn assumed command of the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center in Kodiak, Alaska, where he was responsible for training all Coast Guard personnel conducting domestic and international fisheries law enforcement in the North Pacific Ocean, including aircraft and cutter crews. The Training Center also hosted a law enforcement symposium for the North Pacific Anadromous Fisheries Commission, Chinese fisheries enforcement shipriders supporting high seas driftnet patrols, and a delegation from the Russian Border Guard.

In 2001, CAPT Flynn returned to sea as Executive Officer in USCGC STEADFAST (WMEC-623), Astoria, Oregon. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, cutter STEADFAST conducted numerous homeland security patrols near the approaches to Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. In addition, STEADFAST completed two counter-drug patrols in the eastern Pacific Ocean, interdicting over four tons of marijuana.

In April 2003, CAPT Flynn reported to the White House where he served as the U.S. Coast Guard Military Aide to the Vice President. During this tour, CAPT Flynn travelled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia coordinating military support for the Vice President. In 2005 CAPT Flynn was assigned to the Coast Guard Personnel Command, Enlisted Assignments Branch in Arlington, Virginia where he served until March 2007.

CAPT Flynn assumed command of USCGC VIGOROUS (WMEC-627), Cape May, New Jersey in April 2007. Cutter VIGOROUS conducted fisheries law enforcement, search & rescue and drug & illegal migrant interdiction patrols from New England to the Caribbean Sea, including the discovery & seizure of two tons of cocaine. CAPT Flynn served as School Chief, Officer Candidate School from August 2009 to May 2012. He assumed command of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in June 2012 where he was responsible for over 250 Coast Guard personnel serving in Bahrain, Kuwait, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf supporting Central Command and US Navy Fifth Fleet in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. CAPT Flynn reported to the Personnel Service Center as Chief, Enlisted Personnel Management in July 2013. He assumed command of Training Center Petaluma in July 2016.

CAPT Flynn's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals and three Coast Guard Achievement Medals