LT Joshua Diaz is a technical advisor for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE) in Houma, LA. He is a subject matter expert in the areas covering Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs), Small Passenger Vessels (SPVs), and marine casualty investigations. LT Diaz assists with the creation and review of Coast Guard policy, regulations and standards related to the OCS. He also reviews and develops inspector qualification standards for OSVs.
Prior to the NCOE, LT Diaz was selected to participate in the USCG’s Merchant Marine Industry Training (MMIT) program where he completed a six month executive management internship with one of the largest OSV operating companies, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). Areas of focus for the internship included Safety Management/Document of Compliance audits, execution of the Alternate Compliance Program and merchant mariner training.
Prior assignments include: Assistant Chief, Inspections Division at MSU Houma (2019-2022), where LT Diaz inspected OSVs, SPVs and barges, managed major modifications to existing vessels and assessed damage repairs; Investigating Officer at both MSU Morgan City and MSU Houma, which included OCS casualty investigations (2016-2019); National Response Center (NRC) in Washington, DC, as a Watch-Floor Supervisor where he prepared, evaluated and edited reports utilized to brief federal, state and local agencies on matters of security breaches, suspicious activity, transportation events, radiological and biological releases and hazardous material/oil spills; Port State Control Officer (PSCO), Foreign Freight Vessel Examiner (FFVE) and Intermodal Container Inspector at Sector Baltimore, MD (2008-2012); and USCGC CHOCK in Portsmouth, VA, as a Boarding Officer after graduating from the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.
A native of Camden, Delaware, he graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2014. In 2015, he graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources. In 2021, he earned a Graduate Certificate in Leadership from The Citadel.
LT Diaz currently lives in Houma, Louisiana with his wife and their three children.