Coast Guard Reserve Experience

Nearly three decades of leadership focused in shore-based operations, marine environmental protection, and search & rescue planning and coordination.
Most recently, I served for a year and a half as the Operations Officer at Port Security Unit 305 where I was responsible for all unit operations including small boat operations, shoreside security operations, and communications.

Prior to this assignment, I was the Senior Reservist (Incident Management) & Command Duty Officer in the Response Department of the newly formed Sector Hampton Roads.

Prior to the July 2005 commissioning of Sector Hampton Roads, I served as the Senior Reserve Officer & Alternate Deputy Group Commander at Coast Guard Group Hampton Roads, Portsmouth, Virginia. As the Senior Reserve Officer, I was responsible for the management and oversight of all reserve personnel in Group Hampton Roads. I served as the advocate for reserve personnel and reserve issues, and advised the Group Commander and Deputy Group Commander on all issues involving reserve personnel and policy. During this assignment, the Coast Guard involuntary recalled to active duty nearly every reservist assigned to the Group and subordinate stations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

My previous assignment was as a controller at the Atlantic Area/Fifth District Command Center & Rescue Coordination Center Norfolk. As a controller, I coordinated search and rescue in the western Atlantic Ocean, provided multi-mission oversight to all groups, activities, and marine safety offices in the Fifth District, and served as the command duty officer for the Commander, Atlantic Area. In addition, during this tour (1996-2002), I conducted two international liaison visits; as a maritime search & rescue specialist, I traveled to Suriname to advise the Surinamese Navy on the creation of a joint maritime operations center and rescue coordination center. In addition, in the Spring of 2002, I traveled to England and the low country of Europe for a liaison visit to four martime rescue coordination centers: Falmouth, England; Gris Nez, France; Oostende, Belgium; Den Helder, The Netherlands. The results of this trip provided initial comparative data for a U.S. Coast Guard initiative to improve our rescue coordination centers through increased staffing, comprehensive training, and better center equipment & layout. Additional highlights of this command center tour included serving in a critical recall position following the attacks of 9/11 and successfully prosecuting numerous search & rescue cases resulting in dozens of lives saved.

Prior to being commissioned, I was a Port Securityman in the Coast Guard Reserve, reaching the rate of Port Securityman Chief in January 1991. My enlisted assignments as a Chief Petty Officer included two active duty summerstock sessions as the executive petty officer of Station Plum Island (WI), nearly 18 months of active duty on the Fifth District staff (Portsmouth, VA) as the project officer overseeing the integration of reserve forces within the district, and Selected Reserve assignments as the security platoon chief at Port Security Unit 305 (as a plank owner), reserve supervisor at Aids to Navigation Team Kennebec (Portsmouth, VA) , and augmentation chief at Group/Marine Safety Office Philadelphia (PA).

Summer 1991, serving on active duty at Station Washington Island, here completing a boarding.
Official Coast Guard photograph by Steve Blando from The Coast Guard Reservist.

Before being advanced to Chief Petty Officer, my assignments included serving as the editor of the Reservist, marine safety boarding officer at Group/Marine Safety Office Philadelphia, coxswain at Station Manistee (MI) and Station Plum Island (WI) , and pollution investigator at Captain of the Port New London (CT).

Additional active duty for training stints have included tours at Captain of the Port New Haven (CT) and Captain of the Port New York (NY) as a pollution investigator, Maintenance & Logistics Command Pacific (Alameda, CA) as a writer/editor, and Station Curtis Bay (MD) as a crewmember.

Twice awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with the Operational Distinguishing Device and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon Bar, my additional decorations include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Operational Distinguishing Device, the National Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Meritorious Team Award.

I am a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy (Class XXVII), Small Boat Coxswain "C" School, Officer in Charge School, and Port Security "A" School.