Vince Patton Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (Ret.) retired from the Coast Guard in 2002, completing more than 30 years of service as the service's most senior enlisted member ? the principal enlisted adviser to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, his directorates, and the Secretaries of Transportation and Defense. In that capacity, he routinely addressed personnel issues before the Commander-in-Chief and Congressional committees. Presently director of community outreach for Military.com, he sits on numerous boards and councils. Dr.
James E. Dolbow is a writer, Coast Guard Reserve Officer, and former defense staff writer on Capitol Hill. Recalled to active duty in 2003 to support Operation Noble Eagle, Lieutenant Dolbow served as a watch stander in the Joint Operations Command Center in Washington, D.C., coordinator of a round of port security grant applications, and leader for a harbor patrol team. Activated again in 2005, he took part in post-Hurricane Katrina operations and served as a legislative affairs analyst on the staff of Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who led those efforts.
James Loy Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) completed a 45-year career in public service, retiring in 2005 as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he was involved in all aspects of consolidating 22 separate agencies into one unified Cabinet department as well as managing the agency's day-to-day activities.
Jim Howe Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.) works in the homeland security arena. Prior to his recent retirement, he served for three years as the Chief of Coast Guard Congressional Affairs, overseeing all Coast Guard activity related to Capitol Hill. He has extensive experience with the Coast Guard serving as a career Cutterman, with 11 years at sea. Prior to his assignment as Chief of Congressional Affairs, Captain Howe served in the Office of the Vice President as a Special Advisor for homeland security, focusing on border and transportation security issues.