Captain Paul Gregg, a native of Issaquah, Washington, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has 10 years of sea duty aboard six cutters, with his first assignment as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC 726) in Seattle, Washington. He has served as an Executive Officer twice, aboard USCGC ANACAPA (WPB-1335) in Petersburg, Alaska, and USCGC ACTIVE (WMEC 618) in Port Angeles, Washington. He has commanded three cutters; USCGC WRANGELL (WPB-1335) in the North Arabian Gulf, USCGC GRAND ISLE (WPB-1338) in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and USCGC DEPENDABLE (WMEC-626) in Cape May, New Jersey. He also commanded 6 Island Class patrol boats and over 250 personnel as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and the Commodore for Task Group 55.1 under United States Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain.
Captain Gregg earned his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and served as a Civil Engineer in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as a program reviewer in the Office of Budget and Programs (CG-82) at Coast Guard Headquarters, and spent a year as a Coast Guard Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analysis. He served two years on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff, as the Coast Guard Liaison to the United States Navy Director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N96). He earned his Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and subsequently served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Deputy Director of the Chairman’s Action Group. Most recently, he served as the Staff Director for the National Opioids and Synthetics Coordination Group in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He reported to the Assistant Commandant for Response Policy in August of 2021.
Captain Gregg wears the permanent Cutterman insignia. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (2), Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), the Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, along with other team, unit, and service awards. He is a licensed instrument-rated private pilot, and a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.