In late June 2021, Mission Support welcomed a new Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS) and serval new members to the Mission Support Leadership Team. Vice Adm. Paul Thomas relieved Vice. Adm. Michael McAllister as DCMS on June 22, 2021. Although new to the role of DCMS, Thomas previously served the Mission Support team as DCMS deputy for Personnel Readiness (DPR). Thomas takes from this experience the ability to deliver mission-ready forces by investing in an effective talent management system through initiatives such as modern ready learning, robust human resources analytics and improving access to health care and other support services.
As DCMS, Thomas leads the 17,000-person organization delivering the systems and people that enable the Coast Guard to perform its operational missions efficiently and effectively. He is responsible for all facets of support for the Coast Guard’s diverse mission set through oversight of human capital, lifestyle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology, and security.
Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan assumed duties as DPR. As DPR Nunan will oversee optimizing the contributions of human resources, force readiness training, and the Coast Guard Academy in providing a mission-ready workforce. She also chairs the Academy’s Board of Trustees and serves as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Headquarters. Previously, Nunan served as Assistant Commandant for Human Resources, presiding over the most far-reaching Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in the Service’s history, as well as the enormous policy overhaul necessary to face the COVID-19 crisis.
Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday will continue to fill the duties as the DCMS Deputy for Material Readiness (DMR). Lunday provides oversight and guidance for program management of Coast Guard engineering and logistics, acquisition and contraction, security, and command, control, communications, and information technology (C4IT). Previously Lunday served from 2018 – 2020 as the commander of the 14th Coast Guard District where he was responsible for directing Coast Guard operations throughout Oceania.
Master Chief Petty Officer Heath Jones will assume duties as command master chief for DCMS. As DCMS command master chief, Jones will assist DCMS in overseeing the Mission Support Team and serve as Co-Vice Chair to the DCMS Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC) reviewing workforce climate issues and developing initiatives to promote diversity, inclusion, and leadership in Mission Support workplaces. Prior to this assignment, Jones served as the Pacific Area command master chief in Alameda, California.