14th District Hawaii & the Pacific Public Affairs
June 29, 2012
Fourteenth Coast Guard District chief of staff retires after 30-year career
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HONOLULU – Capt. Timothy M. Close, chief of staff for the 14th Coast Guard District, retired from the Coast Guard after 30 years of service during a ceremony at the Diamond Head Lighthouse, Friday.
Close is a 1982 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy. He is originally from Macungie, Pa. After earning a Bachelor of Science in marine engineering from the Academy, he was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter. There he served as damage control assistant and assistant engineering officer.
Close was next selected to attend post-graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Quality Assurance Division within the Office of Acquisition at Coast Guard Headquarters where he was involved in various acquisition projects including the 47-foot Motor Lifeboat, the Coast Guard’s Juniper and Lighthouse Keeper classes of buoy tenders, and the icebreaker Coast Guard Cutter Healy.
Close was then assigned to Marine Safety Office Morgan City, La. from 1991 through 1995, where he served as a marine inspector before being assigned as the assistant chief, then chief of the inspection department.
In 1995, he was assigned as executive officer of Marine Safety Office Cleveland. During his tour, more than 200,000 gallons of oil were successfully pumped from a sunken barge under Lake Erie that had been lost in a storm in the 1940’s.
Close was next assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters as the chief of the Human Element and Ship Design Division, where he spearheaded the Coast Guard’s casualty prevention efforts focused on human and organizational factors, the application of risk concepts to improve maritime safety, and risk-based methods to assist in maritime homeland security activities. He then was assigned as the commanding officer, Marine Safety Office Savannah, Ga. where he served as Captain of the Port and Officer in Charge Marine Inspection from 2002 until 2004.
Next he was assigned as the chief, Western Rivers Division at the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans where he was responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the extensive Western Rivers system. From July 2008 to July 2010, Close was assigned as commander of Sector St. Petersburg, Fla. where he was the Captain of the Port and responsible for all Coast Guard surface operations along the west coast of Florida.
His final assignment was serving as the chief of staff for the 14th Coast Guard District in Honolulu.
Close’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the 9-11 Medal, and an Army Achievement Medal.
For more information contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at 808-535-3230.
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