Commander Benjamin M. Golightly
CDR Golightly reports to USCGC ALEX HALEY (WMEC 39) after serving as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence (CG-2). He has had previous afloat tours on a variety of platforms including USCGC TAMPA (WMEC 902), homeported in Portsmouth, VA, as a Deck Watch Officer. He served as Executive Officer aboard USCGC CHANDELEUR (WPB 1319) in Miami Beach, FL; Operations Officer in USCGC GALLATIN (WHEC 721), homeported in Charleston, SC; and Executive Officer aboard USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616) in Wilmington, NC.
While not serving aboard cutters, CDR Golightly has held multiple positions within the Coast Guard Intelligence enterprise. In August 2003, CDR Golightly graduated from the Joint Military Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University) at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington D.C. where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Intelligence. For his follow-on tour, he was assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center – Atlantic (MIFC LANT). He was also assigned as Chief of Intelligence for the Coast Guard’s Fourteenth District (dri) in Honolulu, HI and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas in San Antonio, TX. In 2018, CDR Golightly completed a year-long, senior fellowship at NIU’s Center for Strategic Intelligence Research.
He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and many other unit, team, and service awards.
A native of Mayville, NY, CDR Golightly graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1998 with a degree in Government.
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Lieutenant Commander Ian M. Starr
LCDR Ian Starr reported to USCGC Alex Haley in June 2019, where he currently serves as the Executive Officer.
From 2017-2019, LCDR Starr served in the Joint Chiefs of Staff J5 (Strategic Plans & Policy) directorate. His responsibilities included developing strategic policy initiatives and advising senior Department of Defense and National Security Council leaders on maritime-related topics affecting homeland defense. In 2016, prior to reporting to the Joint Staff, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Defense and Security Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
From 2013-2016, LCDR Starr served as Commanding Officer of two Island-class patrol boats: CGC Aquidneck in Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, and CGC Chandeleur in Ketchikan, Alaska. In Bahrain, LCDR Starr and his crew supported Destroyer Squadron 50, Combined Task Force 152, and other U.S. and coalition forces throughout the Arabian Gulf. In Alaska, he conducted search and rescue, fisheries enforcement, and security operations throughout the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska. In 2014, LCDR Starr earned his permanent qualification as a Coast Guard Cutterman.
From 2010-2013, LCDR Starr served as a Command Duty Officer at the National Command Center (NCC) in Washington, D.C. He helped coordinate Maritime Operational Threat Response events, liaised with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center, managed the NCC’s Continuity of Operations program, and provided policy guidance to senior USCG and DHS decision makers.
From 2008-2010, LCDR Starr served as Navigator aboard USS Chung-Hoon, a guided-missile destroyer stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI. During his tour, LCDR Starr deployed throughout the Third, Fifth, and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility. In 2009, LCDR Starr was named the Destroyer Squadron 31 “Junior Officer Shiphandler of the Year,” and earned his Surface Warfare Officer qualification in 2010.
From 2006-2008, LCDR Starr was stationed aboard the cutter Diligence, where he conducted counter-narcotic operations for Joint-Interagency Task Force South, and alien migrant interdiction operations for the Coast Guard’s Seventh District. In 2006, LCDR Starr received a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and a commission from the Coast Guard Academy.
LCDR Starr has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, multiple Coast Guard and Navy Commendation and Achievement medals, and various other unit, team, and service awards.
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