Rear Admiral Michael H. Day
Rear Admiral Michael Day assumed the duties of Commander of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in June 2022. 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 six armed services and part of the joint forces 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 his current assignment, Rear Admiral Day most recently served as the Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, providing counsel to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary regarding policies, plans, and other affairs between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.
He also previously served as Executive Assistant to the Commandant and Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. Previous notable assignments also include serving in the Strategy and Policy Directorate (J5) for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Commanding Officer of the Pacific Strike Team, where he participated in a variety of emergency responses in locations ranging from the Arctic to Taiwan and throughout the United States. Rear Admiral Day also served as Commander of Sector New York from 2015 to 2018.
In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he was immediately designated the Coast Guard on-scene commander for the evacuation of lower Manhattan. In this capacity, he coordinated the response of over 100 civilian vessels in evacuating over 500,000 people from lower Manhattan in the largest maritime evacuation in history.
Rear Admiral Day has earned Master degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. Rear Admiral Day also completed a one-year fellowship at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government as a National Security Fellow and participated in a one-year Maritime Industry Training program with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Rear Admiral Day has received numerous military and civic awards. However, he considers those awards earned throughout his career associated with unit performance to be most satisfying and representative of Coast Guard service, because they recognize the participation and accomplishment of all crew members.
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Chief of Staff
Captain Blake L. Novak
Captain Novak assumed the duties as Fourteenth Coast Guard District Chief of Staff in June 2022. He is responsible for executing the District Commanders guidance in the oversight and management of over 1,500 active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary personnel who regularly perform missions in maritime safety, protection of natural resources, maritime security, homeland security, and national defense throughout Oceania, including Hawai’i, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and activities in Singapore and Japan.
A Permanent Cutterman, he has over 12 years of sea time with seven previous afloat assignments and five commands aboard CGC Point Stuart, Newport Beach, CA; CGC Wrangell, Manama, Bahrain; CGC Pea Island, St. Petersburg, FL; CGC Decisive, Pascagoula, MS, and most recently aboard CGC Munro (WMSL 755), Alameda, CA, where he was responsible for providing persistent offshore presence in support of National Security Objectives.
Captain Novak’s previous staff assignments include District Seven Enforcement, Miami, FL; Pacific Area Cutter Forces, Alameda, CA; Military Aide to Vice President Cheney and Vice President Biden; Coast Guard Deputy Chief of Cutter Forces, Washington, DC, and most recently the Eleventh District Chief of Enforcement, Alameda, CA, where he oversaw the seizure of over 200 metric tons of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific.
A recipient of the Iraq Campaign Medal, Captain Novak served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005 where he provided security in the Persian Gulf. He is most proud of his 2020 induction as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer and playing a role in CGC Munro’s 2021 Unit Commendation Award where the crew worked alongside like-minded partners from Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Australia, and Indonesia to help advance a free and open Indo-Pacific.
A native of Indiana, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1995 and master’s degree in National Security Studies at the Naval War College in 2008.
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Command Master Chief
Master Chief Petty Officer Andrea L. Martynowski
Master Chief Andrea “Marty” Martynowski assumed the duties as the Command Master Chief for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District on April 8th, 2022. As the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, she 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 Martynowski served as the Command Master Chief for Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in Virginia.
Master Chief Martynowski has served as the Command Master Chief and Navigator in USCGC HEALY, Seattle, WA. She has had two commands afloat, serving as Officer in Charge of USCGC RAZORBILL, Gulfport, MS; and USCGC RIDLEY, Montauk, NY. Her other assignments include Company Commander School Chief and Section Commander, Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, NJ; Operations Chief, CG Station South Padre Island, TX; First Lieutenant and Executive Petty Officer, USCGC PETREL, San Diego, CA; Search and Rescue Controller, Marianas Section Guam; USCGC TAHOMA, New Bedford, MA; and Communications Station, Kodiak, AK.
Master Chief Martynowski’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, four Meritorious Team Commendations, two Arctic Service Medals, Expert Rifle and Expert Pistol Medals and numerous other personal and service medals. She has earned her permanent Cutterman, Recruit Company Commander and Coxswain insignias.
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Lieutenant Commander Pon Chanthaphon, USN
Lieutenant Commander Pon Chanthaphon reported as U.S. Coast Guard’s Fourteenth District Chaplain in Honolulu, Hawaii in May 2023 where he is responsible for the religious ministry provision for over 3,800 Coast Guard military personnel, family members, auxiliarists, and civilian workers across the largest Coast Guard AOR including the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Japan, Singapore, and American Samoa.
From 2020-2023, Chaplain Chanthaphon served as Supervisory Chaplain at 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and deployed with the IWOARG in 2021 in support of Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT ending the War in Afghanistan with a Non-Combat Evacuation Operation (NEO).
During the 2019-2020 academic year, Chaplain Chanthaphon attended Command and Staff College at Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia where he completed his resident-JPME Phase One. He was also a Joint Qualified Officer.
From 2016-2019, Chaplain Chanthaphon was assigned to COMNAVSURFRON-14, CNSL Operational Ministry Center (OMC) Mayport as Tactical Chaplain from which he deployed on USS HUÉ CITY (CG-66) in 2017 as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) TWO in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Then, upon his return from the deployment, he assumed duty as Staff Chaplain as Deputy Director of the OMC, as Command Chaplain of USS ROOSEVELT (DDG-80) and USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG-116), and as Staff Chaplain of three Coastal Patrol Crafts (PC): USS ZEPHYR (PC-8), USS TORNADO (PC-14), and USS SHAMAL (PC-13). Additionally, he served as Liaison Chaplain for USNAVSO/C4F. He completed Navy Chaplain Intermediate Leadership Course in 2018.
From 2012-2016, Chaplain Chanthaphon reported to 3D Marine Division FMF PAC, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan where he served as Tactical Chaplain of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion from December 2012 to January 2016. With a new challenge arose at the Base Chapel after a struggling seven-month gap, he was permanently assigned to 4th Marine Regiment, 3D Marine Division FMF PAC, III Marine Expeditionary Force in February 2016 from which he assumed duty as the Base Chaplain of the USMC Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan until June 2016.
Following his graduation from the Navy Chaplain Basic Course, Chaplain Chanthaphon reported to Naval Hospital Lemoore, Naval Air Station, in Lemoore, California where he served as Command Chaplain from November 2009 to November 2012.
In 2009, Chaplain Chanthaphon completed Officer Development School at Newport, Rhode Island and graduated from the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
In July of 2006, Chaplain Chanthaphon was ordained in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). He was installed as sole pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stockton, California and served there from July 2006 to August 2008. He was direct commissioned in June of 2009 as Lieutenant Junior Grade.
From 2001-2006, Chaplain Chanthaphon attended Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri where he graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div).
From 1995-2000, Chaplain Chanthaphon attended college at Concordia University in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree with emphases in Lutheran Theology and Christian Outreach. Then, he worked at U.S. Bank as personal banker and sales associate at Herberger’s Department Store for one year in St. Paul. MN.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards).