Meet the Command Cadre

Executive Officer

CDR Jeff Rasnake 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

LT Spencer Ross 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 Jerry Smith, Jr. is the Operations Officer (OPS) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and oversees the Administration, Communications, Health Services, Marine Sciences, and Navigation divisions. OPS is responsible for mission execution including coordination of science mission support with the National Science Foundation.

First Lieutenant

CWO2 Eric Boulware 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 three small boats.

Support Services Officer

CWO2 Danique Hodge serves as the Support Services Officer (SUPPO) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and is responsible for the Supply and Food Service divisions.

Command Master Chief

Master Chief John Franco is the Command Master Chief (CMC) on board USCGC POLAR STAR. He 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.