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About Joseph

Captain Buzzella is the Sector Commander and Captain of the Port of San Diego, California. He leads operations to ensure maritime safety, security, and environmental protection. He is a 1992 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and holds a Master in National Security Strategy from the National War College, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Quality Systems Management with a specialization in Homeland Security from the National Graduate School. He is a former Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Public Service Fellow

Captain Buzzella has held Instructor Pilot ratings in both the HU-25A and MH-65C aircraft and an Airborne Use of Force Aircraft Commander designation in the MH-65C helicopter. He also holds FAA fixed and rotary wing airline transport pilot credentials.  He has accumulated over 3400 flight hours.

Captain Buzzella is married to the former Patrice Spanier from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. They are the proud parents of 3 children.