Meet the CO
The Commanding Officer (CO) is Captain Michael Davanzo. Captain Davanzo assumed command of USCGC POLAR STAR in July 2016.
USCGC POLAR STAR is Captain Davanzo’s fifth command at sea and tenth ship. His previous commands at sea include CGC RAMBLER, CGC JAMES RANKIN, CGC HOLLYHOCK and CGC MACKINAW. Captain Davanzo entered recruit training at Cape May, New Jersey in June 1977. He was advanced to Chief Boatswain Mate September 1, 1989 and promoted to Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) June 1, 1992.
As a CWO he was assigned as the Aids to Navigation (AToN) Officer at Group Portland, ME, First Lieutenant aboard CGC MADRONA, Commanding Officer of CGC RAMBLER and as the AtoN Technical Advisor at the National Aids to Navigation School, USCG Training Center Yorktown. Captain Davanzo was promoted to Lieutenant on May 1, 1999.
He served as Executive Officer, CGC MADRONA, Commanding Officer CGC JAMES RANKIN, Commanding Officer CGC HOLLYHOCK, CG Headquarters Office of Cutter Forces and as Commanding Officer CGC MACKINAW. His previous assignment was Force Readiness Command where he served as Chief, Fleet Training and Readiness Branch and Chief, Afloat Training Organization Norfolk.
His icebreaking experience includes time on the Great Lakes as well as two professional exchange visits with the Finnish Government owned Arctia Shipping. He conducted Baltic Sea icebreaking operations aboard Finnish MSV BOTNICA and transited the Northwest Passage aboard Finnish MSV NORDICA from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Nuuk, Greenland.
His awards include two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and numerous other personal awards. Captain Davanzo was designated a permanent Cutterman in 1990.