COMMANDING OFFICER: Commander Christofer L. German


Hailing from Wendell, Idaho, Commander German graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Science.


Upon commissioning, Commander German was assigned to USCGC ALERT out of Astoria, Oregon, where he served as Deck Watch Officer, Weapons Officer, and First Lieutenant.  Additional afloat tours include Executive Officer of USCGC ORCAS, out of Coos Bay, Oregon, Commanding Officer of USCGC ORCAS, Executive Officer of USCGC STEADFAST out of Astoria, Oregon, and most recently as the Executive Officer of USCGC MELLON, out of Seattle, Washington. 


In total, he has served over a decade at sea, sailing throughout the Salish Sea, Florida Straits, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska’s Inside Passage, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, the Eastern and Western Pacific Ocean, and all of the deepwater bars on the West Coast.


Commander German’s experience ashore includes a tour as a Command Duty Officer and Senior Search and Rescue Controller at the Thirteenth District Command Center/Rescue Coordination Center in Seattle, WA, where he was responsible for the tactical oversight of all Coast Guard operations in the Pacific Northwest.  From 2006 to 2007, he served at Coast Guard Headquarters as the Pacific Fisheries Officer, within the Office of Law Enforcement.  In this position, he oversaw Coast Guard Living Marine Resources operations along the West Coast, and in Alaska and Hawaii, and coordinated with multiple international Regional Fisheries Management Organizations to combat Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported fishing on the High Seas.  He also served as the Coast Guard Liaison to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service where he provided advice and counsel on at-sea enforcement to the NOAA Offices of Law Enforcement, Protected Resources, Marine Sanctuaries, and General Counsel, as well as the Department of State and Office of Management and Budget.  From 2011 to 2015, he served as District Eleven’s Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement, providing oversight of Law Enforcement, Living Marine Resources, Homeland Security, and Defense Operations in the Pacific Ocean between Oregon and Peru, including international engagement with multiple countries, with significant advances in maritime interoperability with Canada and Mexico.


Commander German earned his Master’s Degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.  His personal awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Canadian Joint Operations Command Commendation, and the 2016 Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Mentorship Award.


Chris and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of two boys, Keegan and Wyatt.