Global Strategic Advisory Council
Rear Admiral Tom Ostebo
Commander, Seventeenth District
United States Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo assumed the duties as the Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, in May 2011. He is responsible for all Coast Guard Operations throughout Alaska, which includes protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving the living marine resources, and promoting national security. Headquartered in Juneau, Alaska, the Seventeenth District includes portions of the North Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and Bering Sea. As the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Alaska, he provides operationally ready maritime forces to both Coast Guard and Department of Defense Commanders for Coast Guard, joint, and interagency operations both domestically and internationally.
In his previous assignment, Rear Adm. Ostebo was the Coast Guard's Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4). He was responsible for all naval, civil, aeronautical, and industrial engineering and logistics for the Coast Guard's $25 billion capital plant which includes 23,000 facilities, 230 ships, 1,800 boats, and 200 aircraft. RADM Ostebo was responsible for executing an annual budget of $1 billion and leading 2,200 personnel at Coast Guard Headquarters and three major Headquarters commands.
Rear Adm. Ostebo's other assignments include Executive Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Coast Guard Operations, Commanding Officer of Air Stations Cape Cod and Traverse City, and Chief Aeronautical Engineering Officer at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, and Air Station Sitka, Alaska. He has also served as Chief of Inventory, Logistics, and Finance at the Coast Guard's largest industrial depot, the Aircraft Repair and Supply Center, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and as First Lieutenant aboard USCGC ACTIVE in New Castle, New Hampshire.
Rear Admiral Ostebo completed Naval Flight Training in 1984 in Pensacola, Florida and completed tours of duty at CGAS Cape Cod, CGAS Sitka, CGAS Clearwater, CGAS Traverse City, and the CG Aircraft Repair and Supply Center. Rear Adm. Ostebo graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management. He has completed a Senior Fellowship in National Security at Harvard University and a Senior Fellowship at the Naval War College.
His military decorations include three Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Meritorious Service Medals, two CG Commendation Medals, and the CG Achievement Medal.