Jason Brunson 

Captain Jason Brunson hails from Pensacola, Florida. Growing up on the beaches of Florida Gulf Coast, Jason knew he wanted to pursue a career on the ocean.  Jason joined the United Sates Coast Guard in 1998. During his 4 years of service, Jason spent the first year in Northern Alaska at USCG LORAN Station Port Clarence.  He served as part of the Engineering shop maintaining the station’s self-sustaining capabilities of water, generator, fuel, and sewage plants. Jason’s next duty station was Marianas Section Guam where he worked in the small boat shop. While working at the boat shop, he gained valuable experience on Coast Guard RHIBs, heavy equipment, and Law Enforcement training. During the three years on the island of Guam, Jason was able to get underway for various tours aboard the USCGC Galveston Island, USCGC Rush homeported in Hawaii, and USCGC buoy tender Sassafras where he served in engineering and deck departments.

After Jason’s enlistment in USCG, he pursued the offshore oil and gas industry working his way up through the ranks on supply boats and crew boats up to 165’ in the Gulf of Mexico.  After a few years of working through the deck and engineering departments, Jason earned his 100ton Master in 2006. Jason worked a few more years on the GOM supply vessels then decided for a new experience and closer to home.  Jason returned home to captain a parasail boat from the shores of Pensacola Beach and a 140 passenger catamaran for a resort. Aboard the Portofino 1, Jason ran dolphin and party cruises but the real treat for Jason was viewing of the annual United States Navy Blue Angels practices and air shows from Pensacola Bay.

Jason has called Galveston, Texas his new home since 2012. As a Captain at TAMUG, Jason oversees the U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessels Earl L. Milan and R/V Trident as well as captaining of vessels for student labs and other research projects. Jason continually pursues professional technical courses not only to better himself but also to help maintain standards of the Coast Guard and American Boat and Yacht Council for TAMUG fleet. Jason holds ABYC Marine Electrician and ABYC Marine Corrosion certifications along with other USCG certificates.