Captain “Rusty” Dash serves as the C5I Service Center Commanding Officer. In this role he leads efforts to leverage information and situational-awareness technology to deliver products and services that enable United States Coast Guard (USCG) mission success.
Captain Dash graduated from the USCG Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. His first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer onboard the Medium Endurance Cutter CAMPBELL (WMEC 909) in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Beginning in 1996, Captain Dash served as Officer in Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment Five Charlie at the Tactical Law Enforcement Team North in Portsmouth, VA where he supported counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific Oceans, and United Nations sanctions enforcement in the Arabian Gulf. He reported to the Law Enforcement section of the Atlantic Area and Fifth District staff in 1998 where he planned District-wide law enforcement operations.
Captain Dash returned to sea duty in 2001 onboard the Medium Endurance Cutter NORTHLAND (WMEC 904) in Portsmouth where he served as Operations Officer and Navigator. In 2003, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Washington (WPB 1331) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In addition to earning a Master of Science Degree (with Distinction) in Information Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California Captain Dash won the RADM Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding academics and leadership. After graduate school, he was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in the Office of C4 & Sensors Capabilities (CG- 761) where he managed requirements for IT systems supporting law enforcement and search and rescue operations. He transferred to the Atlantic Area staff in 2011 where he served as the Deputy Division Chief of LANT-6 and was later assigned to the Department of Homeland Security as a Program Manager in the Office of Applied Technology in Washington, D.C.
Captain Dash returned to the Coast Guard in 2013 and was assigned as Executive Officer at the Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center in Portsmouth. He attended the National Defense University where and earned a Master of Science degree in Government Information Leadership with concentrations in Cyberspace Strategy and Cybersecurity Leadership and was designated a Distinguished Graduate. Following graduation, he reported to CG-6 where he became the first Chief of the Office of C5I Program Management (CG-68) and was later promoted to Commanding Officer in 2020.
Captain Dash’s honors include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation medals, as well as other personal, unit, and service awards. He is also the recipient of the 2018 CDR John P. Dailey Award for Outstanding Leadership and Mentorship within the C4IT Community.