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Josh Pennington, M.S., Commander, USCG

Josh PenningtonCDR Josh Pennington enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1993 and served in the Engineering Department on the CGC Valiant (WMEC 621) in Miami Beach, Florida. In 1995 he attended and graduated from the Electronics Technician “A” School in Petaluma, California and concurrently accepted appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

CDR Pennington graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1999 with a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science. Upon graduation, CDR Pennington served as an Engineer Officer in Training and Damage Control Assistant on board the CGC Diligence (WMEC 616) home-ported in Wilmington, North Carolina.

In 2001, CDR Pennington transferred to Marine Safety Office Providence where he served as the Senior Investigating Officer, responsible for conducting and overseeing Coast Guard initiated investigations for accidents, injuries and deaths related to commercial vessels. During this time, CDR Pennington transitioned into the Inspections Department and served as a Marine Inspector, charged with carrying out safety and security inspections onboard foreign and domestic vessels operating in the waters surrounding Rhode Island, Cape Cod and the islands.

In 2005, CDR Pennington was selected for post graduate study and attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he earned a Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering.

Following graduate school in 2007, CDR Pennington was assigned to the Engineering Division at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) in Washington, D.C. As a staff engineer, he reviewed and approved vessel machinery and fire protection system plans on a host of platforms including U.S. commercial passenger vessels, barges, freighters, tankers, gas ships and offshore supply vessels. CDR Pennington fleeted up to the Machinery Branch Chief position in 2009.

In 2011, CDR Pennington transferred to Sector Boston’s Prevention Department. As the Chief of Inspections, he supervised the division responsible for all safety and security inspections performed on foreign and domestic commercial vessels and regulated waterfront facilities located in Sector Boston’s area of responsibility (AOR), which includes the Port of Boston and eastern Canada.

CDR Pennington reported to the Coast Guard Academy in July 2013.


  • M.S., Fire Protection Engineering, May 2007
  • B.S., Marine and Environmental Science, May 1999

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