As Eleventh District Commander, Rear Admiral Bone is responsible for all Coast Guard missions in the 3.3 million square miles of coastal and offshore waters extending 1000 nautical miles off of California, south to the Colombian and Ecuadorian border in South America. Prior to reporting to his present command, RADM Bone was the Assistant Commandant for Prevention. In that capacity, he directed national and international policy and programs for port, vessel, and facility safety and security, waterways management including navigation systems, icebreaking, bridge administration and marine transportation system policy. His previous flag assignments include Director of Port Security and Director of the Inspection & Compliance Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters.
Prior to reporting to Coast Guard Headquarters, Rear Admiral Bone served as the Chief of Staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in Honolulu, Hawaii, as Captain of the Port of New York/New Jersey and Commander of Coast Guard Activities New York. He has also served as Chief, Officer Personnel Management Division, Coast Guard Personnel Command, Washington, D.C.
Detailed to the Senate Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee in 1994 he supported review and analysis of Department of Transportation budget and legislative efforts. While serving as Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Office Savannah, Georgia (1995-97) he planned and executed all waterside security for the 1996 Olympics and served as the Coast Guard’s 1996 Olympics Deputy Task Force Commander.
A 1977 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Bone began his Coast Guard career aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WHEC 715) in Boston, Mass. He entered the marine safety field in 1979 serving in a variety of positions at Marine Safety Offices as well as Washington, D.C., and has served as an overseas Marine Inspector of U.S. flagged vessels under construction and operating in Japan, Singapore, Korea, and Hong Kong.
Rear Admiral Bone holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University. His personal awards include four Legions of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, and four Coast Guard Commendation Medals.