District Commander

Rear Admiral Michael H. Day

 

Rear Admiral Day assumed the duties as 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 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, Read Admiral Day was the Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security in June 2021. His primary responsibility is to provide counsel to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary regarding policies, plans, and other affairs between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Rear Admiral Day previously served as the Executive Assistant to the Commandant and Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard providing senior executive decision support, advice, and recommendations to shape, communicate, and carry out strategic direction, policy, and internal/external communications.

Rear Admiral Day was commissioned in 1991 at Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia and has enjoyed a diverse career of operational and staff assignments in the Response Ashore field. Previous assignments 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 ina 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- 2018. In this capacity, he served as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator for Sector New York’s 6,000 square miles area of responsibility.

In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as a Lieutenant and while serving as the Chief of Waterways Oversight in the Port of New York and New Jersey, 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 in the largest maritime evacuation in history. Rear Admiral Day has earned Masters 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 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 crewmembers.

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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.  Captain Novak is lucky to be married to the former Miss Alishia McRae who hails from Oshawa, Canada and is a proud father of two.

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Command Master Chief

Master Chief Petty Officer Andrea L. Martynowski

 

Master Chief Martynowski assumed the duties as Command Master Chief for District 14 in April 2020. Master Chief Martynowski previously served as the command master chief for Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown.

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.

Prior to assuming her duties as Command Master Chief, she was assigned as the Navigator of USCGC HEALY, Seattle, WA. Master Chief Martynowski 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 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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DISTRICT CHAPLAIN

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.