Coast Guard Captain Assigned to U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

MIAMI – A South Floridian is scheduled in June to become the first Coast Guard captain permanently assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Coast Guard Capt. David A. Cinalli, former Seventh District Resources and Performance Management division chief and commanding officer of Seventh District enlisted personnel, will serve at the Office of the Transportation Attaché (OTA) at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad for one year beginning next month.

As the Maritime Security Advisor to OTA and Multi-National Forces MNF-I, Cinalli will oversee operations and work closely with the head of the Iraqi navy and coast guard throughout Iraq to lay the groundwork for a three-person Port Advisory Coordination Element (PACE). The all-Coast Guard team recently completed pre-deployment training and will report to North Port Umm Qasr, Iraq, in a few weeks to assist the Government of Iraq in achieving compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s International Ship and Port Facility Code.

The PACE team will assist the Ministry of Transport, Government Company for Ports of Iraq, local administrators, and shipping- and port-industry stakeholders to detect security threats and take preventive measures against security incidents.

Cinalli has lived in Miami for more than 11 years and has served in various South Florida Coast Guard units including commanding officer of the cutter Valiant, Integrated Support Command Miami, Seventh District office of law enforcement (fisheries branch), and the cutter Thetis.

Capt. Cinalli’s personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Joint and Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Letters of Commendation and multiple service and unit awards.

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