Meet the Command Cadre

Executive Officer


 CDR Jayna McCarron is the Executive Officer (XO) on board USCGC POLAR STAR, serving as the direct representative of the Commanding Officer. The XO is responsible for all administration, personnel, safety, and coordination aboard the cutter.

Engineer Officer

LCDR Michael Langelier is the Engineer Officer (EO) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and oversees the Main Propulsion, Auxiliary, Electronics and Electrical, and Damage Control divisions.

Operations Officer

LCDR Don Rudnickas is the Operations Officer (OPS) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and oversees the Communications, Information Systems Technology, Electronics, and Navigation divisions. OPS is responsible for mission execution including coordination with the National Science Foundation.

Image of Coast Guard CWO2 InsigniaFirst Lieutenant

CWO2 John Elsbree serves as the First Lieutenant (1LT) on board USCGC POLAR STAR. He oversees the operation of the Deck Department and associated equipment, including weight handling gear and two small boats.

Image of Coast Guard CWO4 InsigniaSupport Services Officer

CWO4 Daniel Faivre serves as the Support Services Officer (SUPPO) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and is responsible for the Administration, Supply, Health Service, and Food Service divisions.

Command Chief

YNC Monica Campos is the Command Chief on board USCGC POLAR STAR. She serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commanding Officer and provides advice on issues, policies, and initiatives pertaining to the crew and their families.