Commander Light assumed the duties of Executive Officer, Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in February 2019.
From July 2017 until February 2019, CDR Light served as the Chief of the Intelligence Training Branch at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown. Leading a staff of 25 personnel, he oversaw the initial training of all Coast Guard Intelligence professionals, which included enlisted Intelligence Specialists and all first tour Intelligence Officers. He also served as the Senior Intelligence Officer for the Training Center’s sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF).
Prior to reporting to Training Center Yorktown, Commander Light served as the Coast Guard’s Office of Intelligence liaison to the Navy’s Information Warfare directorate, where he served as the Executive Secretary for a joint Navy and Coast Guard Intelligence working group, responsible for acquiring signals intelligence equipment and services from the Navy. Additionally, he served as the Technical Intelligence Programs Division Chief in the Coast Guard Office of Intelligence (CG-2), supervising the program managers for Signals Intelligence, Document and Media Exploitation, Geospatial Intelligence, Technical Exploitation of National Capabilities, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.
CDR Light is a former enlisted Soldier and Desert Shield/Desert Storm combat veteran, who graduated from the University of Central Texas in 1995, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Airway Science. After graduating from college, he enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1996. His initial assignment was aboard the Coast Guard Cutter DAUNTLESS, where he was selected for attendance to Officer Candidate School. His tours of duty upon receiving his commission include Assistant Operations Officer and Command Center Supervisor for Group/MSO Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX; Air Station Barbers Point, HI flying HC-130s; and Aviation Training Center Mobile, detached to Air Station Clearwater, as a member of the HC-130 Standardization Team. After earning a Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College in 2009, he was assigned as the Command Intelligence Officer at Sector Boston, where he advised the Sector Commander on intelligence threats, while liaising with local, regional, and national level law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He then served as the Personnel Support Department Head at Base Seattle, overseeing three divisions and over 100 personnel, including the personnel administrative needs for over 2,100 Coast Guard members serving in the Pacific Northwest.
CDR Light’s personal awards include two Air Medals (including one with valor), a Meritorious Service Medal, and three Coast Guard Commendation Medals. He and his wife, Carla, live in Yorktown, VA with their daughter, Andie Lauren, and son, Wade.