"Pu'uwai O Ke Kai" - "Heart of the Sea"

Commanding Officer

Commander Cynthia S. Travers


Commander Travers assumed command of USCGC WILLIAM HART (WPC 1134) in June 2021.

Commander Travers served afloat previously as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20), Executive Officer aboard USCGC MUSTANG (WPB 1310), and Combat Systems Officer as a plank-owner aboard USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754).  Her service ashore includes tours of duty as a Marine Science Instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT and as the WMSL/WHEC Sponsor’s Representative in the Office of Cutter Forces (CG-751) at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Commander Travers graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in the Marine and Environmental Sciences, and earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington in 2012.  Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and two Commandant’s Letters of Commendation.  She was designated a Permanent Cutterman in 2016.


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Executive Officer
Lieutenant Kaleigh M. Wood

A native of Wirtz, Virginia, Lieutenant Wood graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. Upon commissioning from Officer Candidate School in 2017, Lieutenant Wood served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC SPAR (WLB 203), homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. 

While onboard USCGC SPAR, Lieutenant Wood qualified as Officer of the Deck, Boarding Officer, and served as Training Officer Support and Assistant Operations Officer. During her tour, SPAR serviced Aids to Navigation throughout the Aleutian Chain and conducted Living Marine Resource Enforcement in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. Lieutenant Wood reported to Honolulu in June 2020 as the Executive Officer of USCGC WILLIAM HART. During her time onboard, she planned and executed two 35+ day expeditionary patrols in support of Operation KURU KURU, to deter Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Oceania.

Lieutenant Wood has been selected for Human Performance Technology Graduate Program and will be attending Boise State University in August 2022. Lieutenant Wood’s personal awards include the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

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