Rear Admiral Matthew W. Sibley
Rear Admiral Sibley assumed the duties as Commander of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in June 2020. He is responsible for directing Coast Guard operations throughout Oceania, including Hawai’i, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and activities in Singapore and Japan. The Coast Guard conducts operations and activities across the Fourteenth District as part of the Department of Homeland Security team protecting the U.S. and as one of the five armed services and part of the joint force defending it. The Coast Guard works closely with allies to advance maritime governance as part of the rules-based international order essential to a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Prior to reporting to District 14, Rear Admiral Sibley served as the Assistant Commandant for Capability, and was responsible for identifying and providing capabilities, competencies, and capacity along with developing standards for the staffing, training, equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and employing Coast Guard forces to meet mission requirements.
Rear Admiral Sibley is designated a Permanent Cutterman with nearly ten years of service afloat, including command tours of USCGC FORWARD, USCGC POINT THATCHER, and USCGC POINT MONROE. He also served as Executive Officer on USCGC GALLATIN Operations Officer on USCGC MORGENTHAU, and as a Deck Watch Officer on USCGC SPENCER. While serving as Operations Officer aboard USCGC MORGENTHAU, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf with the U. S. 5th Fleet in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
Assignments ashore included duty as a Command Center Controller at the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana; Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room; Assignment Officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Command in Arlington, Virginia; Coast Guard Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC; Military Assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security; Commander, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI; Deputy Director, Reserve and Military Personnel (CG-13D), Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources (CG-1A), Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Personnel Service Center at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, and Director of Reserve and Military Personnel (CG-13).
Rear Admiral Sibley is a native of West Islip, NY and a 1989 graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. In 2001, he was awarded a Master of Public Administration degree by George Mason University.
Rear Admiral Sibley’s personal awards include three Legions of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.
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Chief of Staff
Captain David "Lee" Petty
Captain David “Lee” Petty assumed the duties of the Chief of Staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in July of 2020. As the Chief of Staff, Captain Petty is the principal advisor to the District Commander on all Coast Guard missions conducted in the central and South Pacific, an operating area of over 14 million square miles.
Prior to joining the Fourteenth District staff, Captain Petty served as Chief of the Office of Cyberspace Forces (CG-791) at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he supported the Assistant Commandant for Capability, as well as the Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, by leading a team focused on manning, training, and equipping the Service’s cyberspace forces, and implementing the Coast Guard’s Cyber Strategy.
Operationally, Captain Petty is a permanent Cutterman, having served on five cutters. He was assigned as a Deck Watch Officer and Boarding Officer aboard the USCGC TAMPA, Executive Officer of USCGC KEY LARGO, and Commanding Officer of Cutters PADRE, SHAMAL, and DEPENDABLE. In each instance, operations centered on the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue, Drug Interdiction, Migrant Interdiction, and Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) mission areas in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Florida Straits, and Caribbean Sea. Additionally, he served as the commander of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), the Coast Guard’s largest overseas command. Based in Manama, Bahrain, PATFORSWA patrol boat, maritime engagement, advanced interdiction, and containerized cargo redeployment and inspection teams supported U.S. Central Command and U.S. Transportation Command operations in Bahrain, the Arabian Gulf, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and the greater Middle East. Further, he served as a Search and Rescue coordinator for the Coast Guard’s Great Lakes region.
Captain Petty’s additional assignments include a variety of staff positions at Coast Guard Headquarters, the Pentagon, and the White House, performing mission analysis, program evaluation, and performance measurement and budgeting, human resources and financial management, major acquisition requirements review and budgeting, weapons and sensor system resourcing, and national drug control policy development and implementation.
A native of Circleville, Ohio, Captain Petty earned a Bachelor of Science in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, and was a fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI program.
His military awards include the Presidential Service Badge, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and other campaign, service, and unit awards.
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Command Master Chief
Master Chief Petty Officer Charlie F. Salls
Master Chief Charlie F. Salls assumed the duties as Command Master Chief for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District on June 19th 2020. As the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, he provides enlisted perspective to the Commander on all Coast Guard missions throughout Oceania, including Hawai’i, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and activities in Singapore and Japan. Most recently, CMC Salls served as the Command Master Chief for the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center in Washington, DC.
Born and raised in Venezuela, Master Chief Salls travelled to the U.S. at the age of seventeen and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1996. He has served as Command Master Chief of CG Sector San Juan, PR; Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Cutter CHINOOK and Coast Guard Cutter TARPON, Tybee Island, GA; Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Cutter HAWKSBILL, Monterey, CA; and, Officer in Charge of CG Station Yankeetown, FL. His other assignments include Assistant School Chief for Boatswain's Mate "A" School, CG Training Center Yorktown, VA; Executive Petty Officer, CG Station Cape May, NJ; Deck Watch Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter MELLON, Seattle, WA; CG Station Charleston, SC; and Coast Guard Cutter DURABLE, St. Petersburg, FL.
Master Chief Salls is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer's Academy Class 132 and the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course Class 46. He is actively pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ.
Master Chief Salls' personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and the Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon Bar, all with Operational Distinguishing Devices; as well as, various service, unit, and team awards. He wears the Officer in Charge Afloat and Ashore devices and has earned the permanent Cutterman, Coxswain, and Boat Force Operations (advanced) insignias.
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Lieutenant Commander Stephen Chapman, USN
LCDR Stephen Chapman, a native of Trussville, Alabama, is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance. He holds a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Christian Education and Mission Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the pastoral ministry by the First Baptist Church, Trussville, Alabama (Southern Baptist) in August 1996. Over 16 years, he served five different Southern Baptist churches in both Alabama and Georgia.
He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in January 2010 in the Chaplain Corps, United States Navy. Upon completion of the Basic School and Chaplain Candidate Course in July 2010, he reported to his first duty station at the Surface Force Ministry Center (SFMC), Naval Base San Diego, California. He served as the Command Chaplain for DESRON TWENTY-THREE, ministering to five destroyers and two frigates. Chaplain Chapman then deployed as the Command Chaplain onboard USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) during the ship’s 2011 deployment to the North Arabian Gulf and the Western Pacific.
After returning from deployment, he served as the Deputy Director and Training & Operations Officer for the SFMC and Command Chaplain for DESRON ONE. Chaplain Chapman deployed onboard USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101) during the ship’s 2012-2013 deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific, and onboard USS STOCKDALE (DDG 106) and USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) during a 2013 deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific as part of the NIMITZ Strike Group.
From August 2013 to August 2016, he served as the Deputy Command Chaplain for Marine Corps Base, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and the Command Chaplain for Headquarters Battalion. He supervised more than 100 Religious Ministry Programs as well as the military’s third largest Religious Offering fund with an annual intake of over $175,000 in unappropriated funds.
He was then assigned to 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he served as the Chaplain for 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. In January 2017, he deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and spent six months in Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve with Task Force 9.7. He then filled in as the Regimental Chaplain for seven months and as Chaplain for the 2D Tanks and 2D LAR battalions.
As of April 2019, LCDR Chapman currently serves as U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Chaplain in Honolulu, Hawaii where he is responsible for the religious ministry provision for over 3,800 Coast Guard military personnel, family members, and civilian workers across the largest Coast Guard AOR including the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Japan, Singapore, and American Samoa.
His personal awards include Navy Commendation Medal (2 Gold Stars), Navy Achievement Medal (3 Gold Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star and the Fleet Marine Force Pin.