Captain T. Wade Gesele, USCG

CAPT GeseleCAPT T. Wade Gesele is responsible for the field execution of the Coast Guard’s Civil Engineering Program, including planning, design, construction, contracting, environmental, real property and base facility management and operations.  Previously, he was the SILC, Engineering Services Division Chief.  He was the Commanding Officer of Civil Engineering Unit (CEU) Oakland and the Mission Readiness Product Line Manager from 2013 to 2016 where he was he senior civil engineer for the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area and oversaw the Coast Guard’s housing, training, and community services asset lines.


From 2010 to 2013, CAPT Gesele served as Commanding Officer of Base Ketchikan, Alaska providing mission support throughout Alaska.  Prior to his Alaska tour, he served as the Executive Officer at CEU Miami from 2007 to 2010, where he spearheaded the half billion dollar planning effort to rebuild the Gulf coast after hurricanes Gustav and Ike. 


He served as the Chief, Facilities Engineering Division at ISC Seattle from 2002 to 2006.    From 1999 to 2002 CAPT Gesele filled a critical detached duty Construction Manager billet with Facilities Design and Construction Center (FDCC) Atlantic in San Juan, Puerto Rico.    For his work, CAPT Gesele received the 2001 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Oren Medal which recognizes the most outstanding contribution to the Coast Guard civil engineering program.


CAPT Gesele is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.  His first assignment was as the Weapons Officer and Assistant Operations Officer on the CGC VIGILANT, a 210 ft cutter stationed in Port Canaveral, FL.  In 1994, he attended the University of Illinois and earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  Upon completion of graduate school, he served his first civil engineering tour at CEU Miami from 1996 to 1999.  His duties included Civil Engineering Coordinator for all Coast Guard units in Texas, Tall Tower Engineer, and Business Manager.  During this tour, he became a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. 


CAPT Gesele’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal and a Coast Guard Achievement Medal.


Executive Director

Dr. Paula J. Loomis, PhD, FAIA, FSAME, LEED BD&C, AICP, PMP, CPHC, GGP was the Deputy Civil Engineer for the Coast Guard with responsibility for approximately 25,900 buildings/structures at 2000 sites including master planning, programming, design, construction, and operations as well as vehicles, support equipment and waterway aids to navigation. She also leads the career fields of planning, architecture, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

She is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University, a Master of Architecture and a Master of Construction Management from Washington University. a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Urban Policy with a cognate in economics from Old Dominion University. She graduated from Joint Forces Staff College Advanced Joint Military Education Course, Armed Forces Staff College, Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer School.

As a civil servant Dr. Loomis served with the Army, Air Force, Navy, and General Services Administration including positions as the Sustainability Program Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Deputy for the Air Force Base Transition Office (Base Realignment and Closure 2005), and the Command Architect for Air Combat Command. In private practice she started the EDAW Virginia Beach office, taught architecture at Hampton University and research at Stevens Institute of Technology, and served as a Site Engineer for McCarthy Brothers Construction. Colonel Loomis’ military career included serving as Senior Reservist to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Director, the Air Force Materiel Command Mission Support Director, the 78th Air Base Wing Commander, the Air Force Environmental Division Chief, and the 49th Base Civil Engineer. Military decorations include the Air Force Legion of Merit, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

Dr. Loomis is a registered Architect and Certified Planner in Virginia, a Fellow in the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a Fellow in the College of Fellows of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Within the AIA she was on the AIA National Board and Strategic Council, Virginia Society Board of Directors, National Board Knowledge Committee, Public Architects Knowledge Community Leadership Committee, National Collaborative Awards Jury and National UpJohn Jury. In SAME she serves on the National Board of Directors and chairs the Architectural Practice Committee. She also serves on the Board of Direction for the Whole Building Design Guide. Dr. Loomis can be associated with over 50 design awards and is the only person to receive the Air Force Design Excellence Award