5NR District Commodore Joseph Giannattasio

Commodore Joseph “Joe” Giannattasio
District Commodore

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Joseph “Joe” Giannattasio is the District Commodore (DCO) for the District 5 Northern Region which consists of almost two thousand members in Delaware and most of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  As the US Coast Guard Auxiliary District Commodore, COMO Giannattasio leads his district and achieves linkage with the Fifth Coast Guard District Commander, Rear Admiral Laura Dickey and her staff in Portsmouth, VA.  The Commodore links to the District Commander through coordination with the Director of Auxiliary, LCDR Victoria Taylor.  He works closely with the Director and her staff who are located at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, PA.  The DCO reports to and represents the Auxiliary to the District Commander.

Joe joined the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2003 and is a member of the Cape May Flotilla. His decision to serve in the Coast Guard Auxiliary was a direct result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “Many people say they support our servicemen and women,” he said.  “I wanted to demonstrate my support in both word and deed, so I joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary.” A Licensed Captain and Private Pilot, Commodore Giannattasio has earned his Coxswain device, Co-Pilot wings, and the Auxiliary’s Operational Specialty device. He is also qualified as In-port Officer of the Deck onboard 87ft. USCG Cutters home-ported in Cape May. His numerous decorations include the Auxiliary Award for Operational Merit, the Auxiliary Commendation Award, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation. He has accumulated over 40,000 Auxiliary hours and was selected as the Coast Guard’s National Auxiliarist of the Year for 2017.

Joe is a native of Cape May, NJ and had lived in the US Virgin Islands. He is semi-retired and is the owner/operator of an Ice Cream & Mini Golf establishment in North Cape May.

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Commodore’s and Other District Staff

Philip B. Walmsley    ……………… District Commodore’s Admin Assistant D-AA

Jason C. Flynn ………………………. District Commodore’s Aide – Conference & Correspondence

Donald W. Merrill …………………. District Commodore’s Aide – Research & SR

Thomas D. Callahan ………………. District Flight Safety Officer

Diego Herrara …………………………Auxiliary Sector Coordinator