Commander Brian R. Whisler
CDR Brian Whisler assumed command of CGC ALEX HALEY on 19 MAY 2021 after serving as the Coast Guard Fellow to the RAND Corporation from July 2020 to April 2021. In that role, he partnered with RAND research staff to study and understand current organizational policies and practices and harnessed that understanding to promote awareness of RAND’s research across the Homeland Security Enterprise. Prior to RAND, he served as Executive Officer of CGC DOUGLAS MUNRO (WHEC-724), a 378’ High Endurance Cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, from May 2018 to July 2020. As Executive Officer, he managed the daily administrative and operational requirements of the 170-member crew while executing the Coast Guard’s missions in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic.
During previous afloat assignments, CDR Whisler served as Operations Officer of CGC VENTUROUS in St. Petersburg, FL, Commanding Officer of CGC BLACKFIN in Santa Barbara, CA, Executive Officer of CGC MAUI forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf, and Deck Watch Officer and First Lieutenant onboard CGC RESOLUTE, homeported in St. Petersburg, FL.
CDR Whisler’s assignments ashore include Chief, Officer Boards and Panels, CG Personnel Service Center (opm-1), where he coordinated and executed all Coast Guard officer selection boards, special boards, and advanced education selection panels. He also served as Central Assignment Coordinator at Personnel Service Center (epm-2) and Congressional Fellow and Liaison to the DHS/FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, both in Arlington, VA.
CDR Whisler holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master Mariner’s license (100 ton), a Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, and a Joint Professional Military Education (JMPE-I) diploma from the U.S. Naval War College in 2018. A native of Littlerock, California, CDR Whisler graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
CDR Whisler’s personal awards include two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Cutterman’s Insignia, and various other personal and unit awards.
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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. He was selected for the Hopley Yeaton Superior Cutterman Award in December 2020.
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.
A native of Warrenville, IL, LCDR Starr graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2006 with a degree in Political Science & Government.
LCDR Starr has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, multiple Coast Guard and Navy Commendation and Achievement medals, and various other personal, unit, team, and service awards.
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