Wholley has served in the Coast Guard for a decade. Before taking the position in New London, he held a variety of leadership and administrative roles. His experiences in the Coast Guard and at the Coast Guard Academy give him the ability to recruit top-tier candidates for incoming classes.An alumnus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Lt. Wholley graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Government. His first assignment took him to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he served on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Campbell, a 270-foot, medium-endurance vessel. Lt. Wholley was part of the crew that transferred the Campbell from a homeport in New Bedford to its current homeport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The move helped him to gain valuable organizational and administrative experience.After finishing his tour on the Campbell, Lt. Wholley moved to Boston, where he performed as Patrol Boat Manager for the U.S. Coast Guard First District. At the First District, which stretches from Canada to New Jersey, he oversaw the operations of patrol boats, handled scheduling, and brought the crews’ concerns to the attention of superior officers.Next, Lt. Wholley was promoted to Command Duty Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard First District Command Center in Boston. He stood 24-hour watches during which he oversaw all Coast Guard operations in the district. Additionally, Lt. Wholley coordinated search and rescue missions, law enforcement activities, and waterway management procedures. Later, he became the Operations Officer for the USCGC Spencer, from which he planned and executed patrols and missions.In 2009, Matthias Wholley received his first command. He took the USCGC Anacapa, a 110-foot patrol boat, from the U.S. Coast Guard Yard near Baltimore to its homeport in Petersburg, Alaska. He performed a variety of search and rescue, law enforcement, and homeland security duties before accepting a new assignment at the Coast Guard Academy.