Guardian of the Week – LT Felicia Thomas

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Today, at 9 a.m., LT Felicia Thomas became the first female African American to command a Coast Guard cutter as the Commanding Officer of CGC PEA ISLAND.
Today, at 9 a.m., LT Felicia Thomas became the first female African American to command a Coast Guard cutter as the Commanding Officer of CGC PEA ISLAND.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Felicia S. Thomas for becoming the first female African American to command a Coast Guard cutter! During a change of command ceremony today at 9 a.m., she took command of the 110-foot CGC PEA ISLAND homeported in Key West, Florida.

LT Thomas is a 2005 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. She has served as a Deck Watch Officer on CGC FORWARD and as Weapons Officer on CGC GALLATIN. LT Thomas was born in St Charles, Illinois, and raised in the Chicago, Illinois area.

The PEA ISLAND is part of the Seventh Coast Guard District’s High Tempo High Maintenance program to increase the operation of patrol boats using two complete crews. The multi-crewing construct is for those 110’ cutters homeported in Key West, Miami and St. Petersburg. Each cutter has one port and one starboard crew. LT Thomas will be the Commanding Officer of PEA ISLAND’s starboard crew.

CGC PEA ISLAND is a multi-mission platform performing law enforcement, migrant interdiction, search and rescue, maritime border protection, and environmental protection among other operational assignments.

Great job LT Thomas and we wish you “Fair Winds and Following Seas”!

For information about other “firsts” in the Coast Guard, check out the Coast Guard Historian’s Web site.

CBraesch

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5 comments on “Guardian of the Week – LT Felicia Thomas”

  1. I was at this ceremony where LT Matthew J. Waldron was relieved by LT Thomas after a VERY successful 2-year tour. Since he was not mentioned in the article I thought it was important to do so.
    Best wishes to LT Thomas and the crew of USCGC PEA ISLAND.

  2. Yes, you are very correct Kamil, LT Waldron was a superb leader. Under his command, the CGC PEA ISLAND patrolled more than 3,000 hours, conducted 40 law enforcement cases, executed seven search and rescue cases, and cared for and processed more than 300 illegal migrants attempting to enter the U.S. The Coast Guard is lucky to have great leaders like him.

    Thank-you for your comment.
    CBraesch

  3. Hey guys. This article is about Lt. Felicia S. Thomas’ history-making rise to Commander of a Coast Guard installation. This article is in praise to her, not a slight to Lt. Waldron. I’m sure that when he initially took over that post, he received a nice write up as well. So take away from Thomas’ accomplishment!

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