LCDR Matthew A. Romano

Enforcement Chief
U.S. Coast Guard Sector san Diego


Lieutenant Commander Romano reported to USCG Sector San Diego in July 2020 and assumed the role of the San Diego Regional Coordinating Mechanism (ReCoM) Coordinator. As the ReCoM Coordinator, he was the USCG’s liaison to Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations as well as 20 other federal, state and local agencies as the governmental coalition attempted to combat illicit smuggling activity at our Nation’s southwest maritime border. In July 2021, he fleeted up into the role of Enforcement Chief where he manages three Coastal Patrol Boats, a Coast Guard Station comprised of four smallboats, and the Sector’s Boarding Team. He is also the Team Lead for the Southern California Maritime Domain Awareness Innovation Cell, a local initiative created by USCG Sector San Diego to drive national level change at the local level.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Lieutenant Commander Romano graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. His first assignment was Deck Watch Officer on USCGC KUKUI (WLB-203), homeported in Honolulu,
HI. In 2010, he became the Executive Officer on USCGC CUSHING (WPB 1321), homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2012, he became a Command Duty Officer at CG SECTOR San Juan. In 2014, he assumed Command of USCGC CUSHING (WPB 1321), homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he conducted a permanent change of homeport to Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. From 2015-2016, he remained in Puerto Rico, bringing his consecutive overseas assignment tally to 8 years, and earned his Master’s of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning degree as an full-time online student from Boise State University. From 2016-2020, as the Performance Support Department Head at the USCG’s Leadership Development Center, he was responsible for the analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation and overall maintenance of the twenty two leadership courses.

Lieutenant Commander Romano’s personal awards include one Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, one Letter of Commendation and various team awards and commendations.

He lives in Chula Vista, California, with his wife, Cornelia, and his three daughters, Doralisa, Camila and Matea.