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CDR Tim A Gunter

Director Auxiliary Northern
Prevention Division
Fifth Coast Guard District

CDR Tim Gunter

Commander Tim Gunter is the Director of Auxiliary, District Five North Region (D5NR). The Director serves as an advisor to the District Commander regarding oversight of all D5NR Auxiliary matters in support of operational commands, which include Sector Delaware Bay, Air Station Atlantic City, Training Center Cape May, and the Atlantic Strike Team.  D5NR is compromised of 2600 Auxiliarists, 200 small boats, 15 aircraft, and 200 radio facilities and encompasses all of the state of Delaware, most of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  D5NR provides vessel safety checks, harbor patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental response, along with numerous other services.


Commander Gunter also serves on the LANTAREA Incident Management and Assist Team (IMAT) as Planning Section Chief (PSC) for the Orange Team. The IMAT features alternating duty teams of approximately 25 members each, trained in specific incident command roles who are available to deploy on approximately 12 hour notice. The IMAT is a command control resource which can provide expert watch relief for extended command post operations, and can further train and mentor personnel on the Incident Command System (ICS).


Commander Gunter previously served at Headquarters in the Office of Marine Environmental Response (MER) Policy as the International Oil Spill Coordination Division Chief. There he served as the MER Arctic subject matter expert and developed the exercise frameworks for the 2015-2016 Arctic Council’s Agreement on Cooperation in Pollution Preparedness and Response under US Chairmanship.  He was the primary U.S. author of a Letter of Intent for spill cooperation between the USCG and the Norwegian Coastal Administration.  As the MER Oil & Hazardous Substance Division, Response Branch Chief from 2011-2013 following Deep Water Horizon, he was instrumental in revitalizing the MER Program’s Response Resource Inventory, establishing the National Strike Force Center of Expertise, and completing a 10 year update of the guidelines for the Coast Guard Oil Spill Removal Organization Classification Program in 2013.  


He also served on the Deputy of Commandant of Operations staff as Vice Chair of the Leadership Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC) from 2013-2014 advising the Commandant’s Leadership, Excellence, and Diversity Council (LEAD) on leadership and diversity management issues impacting the total Coast Guard workforce.  Other prior assignments include Chief, Contingency Planning Division, Sector North Carolina; Marine Casualty and Analysis Branch, District Eight, New Orleans; Chief, Port Safety and Security Branch, Marine Safety Office, Mobile; and Assistant Engineering Officer on USCGC DALLAS.  


Commander Gunter graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He obtained a Master of Business Administration in 2005 and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration in 2007, both from the University of New Orleans. He completed Port Security Industry Training in 2007. Additionally, he was selected for the Coast Guard Environmental Management post graduate program and completed a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies in 2011 from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  


Commander Gunter’s personal awards include:  3 Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Department of Transportation 9/11 Medal, 2 Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and multiple team and unit awards.   


He is married to the former Elaine Guthrie of New Orleans, Louisiana. They have one daughter, Callie who is eight, and one son, Alex who is six.