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Rear Admiral Amy Grable

Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4)


Rear Admiral Amy Grable assumed the duties as the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4) in June 2023. As the Coast Guard's "Chief Engineer", she is responsible for all civil, aeronautical, naval, and industrial engineering, including logistics for the service's 25,000 facilities, 2,100 cutters and boats, and 200 aircraft. Leading a 5,600-member workforce assigned across Coast Guard Headquarters, Aviation Logistics Center, Surface Force Logistics Center, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center, and the Coast Guard Yard, she is responsible for developing, deploying, and maintaining resources necessary to sustain service capabilities and support the Coast Guard missions.

Rear Admiral Grable’s previous assignments include Commanding Officer of Base Boston, Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER), Product Line Manager for Enterprise Information System Infrastructure, Commanding Officer of Electronic Systems Support Unit Boston, Assignment Officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center, Executive Officer at Coast Guard Electronic Systems Support Unit Seattle, Assistant Technical Manager for the Rescue 21 Acquisition program, Communications Engineer at the Coast Guard Research & Development Center and Engineer Officer in Training and Damage Control Assistant aboard USCGC SPENCER (WMEC 905).

Rear Admiral Grable graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1998, she graduated from the University of Rhode Island with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. She completed a one-year program and was honored as an Excellence in Government Senior Fellow in 2015. She was selected for Senior Service School and earned an M.S. in Government Information Leadership from the National Defense University College of Information and Cyberspace in 2018.

Rear Admiral Grable’s honors include one Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal. She was named the 2002 Coast Guard Elite Athlete of the Year for her accomplishments in the sport of distance running and was selected as the winner of the 2017 Women in Technology, Women in Defense leadership award.

Rear Admiral Grable is married to Timothy Grable of Hanson, Massachusetts. They have four children, Kyle (age 17), Keira (age 15), Drew, and Quinn (age 12).

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Mr. John Bragaw

Acting Deputy Assistant Commandant for Engineering & Logistics (CG-4D)


Mr. John Bragaw is currently serving as the Coast Guard’s Deputy Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4D).  In this position, he is responsible for overseeing all naval, civil, aeronautical, and industrial engineering, logistics, and environmental and energy management programs for the Coast Guard's $22 billion capital plant which includes 23,000 facilities, 250 ships, 1,800 boats, and 200 aircraft. His responsibility also include the execution of an annual budget of $1 billion and leading over 5,000 personnel at Coast Guard Headquarters and the three Coast Guard Logistics Centers: the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina; the Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC) in Norfolk, Virginia; and, the Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC) in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Mr. Bragaw retired from Coast Guard active duty in 2010 after 25 years of duty.  His assignments included Student engineer on CGC ALERT, Port Engineer at the Naval Engineering Support Unit New York, New; Chief Engineer on the Cutters DEPENDABLE and DAUNTLESS in Galveston, Texas; Executive Officer of the Naval Engineering Support Unit Miami, Florida; Commanding Officer of the 47’ Motor Life Boat Project Resident Office in New Orleans, Louisiana; Platform Manager for High and Medium Endurance Cutters at the Engineering Logistics Center in Baltimore, Maryland; Deputy Chief, Office of Naval Engineering Washington DC. 

He played in integral role in the modernization of the Coast Guard’s Surface Assets logistics systems, serving in critical roles to establish the Standard Boat Asset Project Office (APO), a new command responsible for the transformation of the Coast Guard’s surface fleet to a new logistics model.  He then stood up the Coast Guard’s first Surface Asset Product Line. He served in several roles as a Captain including Chief, Office of Naval Engineering; Executive Director, Surface Forces Logistics Center; and Industrial Manager, Coast Guard Yard.  After retirement from active duty, Mr. Bragaw took over as the new civilian Deputy Chief for Naval Engineering in Washington DC for 3 years.  He then moved to the Production Manager position at the Coast Guard Yard for the last 9 years.  

Mr. Bragaw was born in Frederick Maryland and went to high school in St Mary’s County Maryland.  He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1987 with a Bachelors Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and has a Masters in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University.  

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Mr. Robert (Bob) Thomas, SES

Director, Shore Infrastructure Bill Execution Program


Mr. Thomas assumed the duties of the Director, Shore Infrastructure Bill Execution Program in February of 2023. He provides executive level leadership and management, strategic planning, and resource oversight, and serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4) and senior Coast Guard leadership for the Coast Guard’s civil engineering efforts. In this capacity, he is responsible for establishing innovative and synchronized approaches to managing engineering, environmental, energy, and information technology projects for shore construction as well as ensuring sound program management practices and principles are used throughout the Coast Guard engineering programs in executing shore infrastructure projects. Additionally, he provides direction to the leadership of the Civil Engineering Program related to current and future planning, and execution of the Infrastructure Bill and provides executive level coordination with Areas, Districts, and Headquarters Directorates to establish and maintain operational requirements, investment priorities to facilitate decision making and action to ensure program execution in a timely and appropriate manner.

He was most recently detailed as the Acting Deputy Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4D), responsible for overseeing all aeronautical, civil, naval, and industrial engineering, including logistics, environmental, and energy management programs for the Coast Guard's 2,100 cutters and boats, 200 aircraft, and $24 billion capital plant consisting of 25,000 facilities. His duties as Acting CG-4D also included the execution of a $1 billion annual budget and leading a 5,600 personnel workforce assigned across Coast Guard Headquarters, the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC), the Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC), the Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC), and the Coast Guard Yard. Prior to the detail to CG-43 he served as the Chief of Business Transformation in the Mission Support Integration Office to the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS). In this role he maintained Technical Authority over the Coast Guard Mission Support Business Model, was the Executive Secretary for the Engineering Technical Authority Council and a key change agent across the Mission Support organization. Prior to Coast Guard Civil Service, Mr. Thomas supported the Coast Guard’s In Service Vessel Sustainment Program as a contractor where he leveraged his extensive experience on the management and business processes associated with defense contractors and directly supported both Major and Non-Major Acquisitions, including the 270’ WMEC, 140’ WTGB, CGC Polar Star, and CGC Eagle Service Life Extension Projects (SLEP) as well as numerous Major Maintenance Availabilities across the surface fleet.

Mr. Thomas enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1981, was commissioned in 1990, and retired in 2017 at the rank of Captain. He served as the Executive Officer of ALC, the Engineering and Logistics Division Chief for the Deployable Operations Group/Deployable Specialized Forces, Office Chief of Research, Development, Test & Evaluation, and Innovation, and Boats Acquisition Program Manager. During his military career, he was a designated as an Aeronautical Engineer, a Flight Instructor, and a Maintenance Test Pilot.

Mr. Thomas holds a Master of Science in Quality Systems Management with a specialization in Homeland Security, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology and earned DHS certifications in Project and Program Management and Test and Evaluation.