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LCDR J. Andrew Ely
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Humanities Department
31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 444‐8669
LCDR J. Andrew Ely
Assistant Professor
Humanities Department
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Lieutenant Commander Andrew Ely joined the Government Section in the Humanities Department in 2011, after nearly 18 years of service in a wide variety of billets. After completing Boot Camp in Cape May, New Jersey in 1993, he served as a seaman on CGC Midgett, in Seattle, Washington; and then as Coxswain and Boarding Officer at Station Eatons Neck, in Northport, New York.

In 1998, he attended Officer Candidate School. After his commissioning, LCDR Ely served as Deck Watch Officer and First Lieutenant aboard CGC Reliance, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He next served as Platoon Officer and Chief of Nautical Science at Officer Candidate School, in New London, Connecticut. During that tour, he spent one year as the School Chief of the Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development Course and Administrative Officer for the Leadership Development Center. LCDR Ely returned to operations as the Enforcement Division Chief, Law Enforcement Officer, and Public Affairs Officer at Sector Baltimore, in Baltimore, Maryland. Most recently, he served as Commanding Officer of Station New London, Connecticut.

  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Connecticut, 2011
  • M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College, 2009
  • M.S., Quality Systems Management, National Graduate School, 2005
  • B.A., Social Science, Thomas Edison State College, 2001

Courses Taught:
  • Moral and Ethical Philosophy

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • “Conducting Ethical Military Operations Other Than War in Cultures Other Than our Own,” Panel Paper/Presentation. Symposium on Conflict Management in Culturally Complex, Uncertain, and Volatile Environments in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. September 2010.
  • “Should Former Military Members Maintain Their Military Obligation,” Combating Terrorism Exchange (Volume 3, No. 1). February 2013.

  • The Captain David H. Jarvis Award for Inspirational Leadership, 2008
  • Distinguished Academic Student, National Graduate School, 2005
  • Military Awards include: Coast Guard Commendation Medal (4), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon (4)

Professional Memberships:
  • American Philosophical Association