Captain Lee Boone reports aboard from having served as the Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Huntington, West Virginia from 2012 until June 2015. There, his unit was responsible for maritime safety, security and stewardship activities on 350 miles of navigable waterway in the Tri-State region of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.
Upon graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1992, Captain Boone was assigned to the USCGC VIGILANT home ported in Port Canaveral, Florida as a student engineer and Damage Control Assistant. Upon completion of this afloat tour and graduate school, Captain Boone was assigned to the Marine Safety Center in Washington, DC in 1996, where he was responsible for electrical and small passenger vessel plan review, as well as providing technical assistance to Federal On Scene Coordinators during vessel casualties as a member of the Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT).
In 2000, Captain Boone was assigned to Marine Safety Office Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington, first as a marine inspector, then as the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO). During this time, Captain Boone was a member of a Coast Guard-industry team that identified, investigated and assessed structural failures in over 280 aluminum passenger vessels, spurring the development of new standards for marine grade aluminum, and served as a member of the Washington State Ferry Security Committee, convened to assess and improve security of the nation’s largest ferry system in the wake of terrorist attacks of 9/11.
In 2004, Captain Boone was assigned to Sector Baltimore, Maryland as the Chief of the Inspections Division (CID). Here, Captain Boone implemented sweeping new security requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) for 72 U.S. vessels and 60 facilities, as well for 600 foreign vessels calling on the Upper Chesapeake Bay, and was involved in the investigation and follow up actions after the capsizing of the pontoon passenger vessel LADY D, ensuring all like vessels were re-examined, and sound recommendations were made to prevent similar casualties.
Captain Boone was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in 2008, where he led the implementation of the Coast Guard’s counter-piracy program for U.S. commercial vessels transiting high risk waters off the coast of Somalia, the creation of the national Towing Vessel Bridging Program (TVBP) to ease the U.S. towing vessel industry’s transition into a inspected vessel regime, and the initial development of industry consensus safety standards for parasailing operations.
Captain Boone is a professional engineer, holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Masters of Science Degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering as well as Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal (two awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation (three awards).
Commander (CDR) Bryson T. Spangler reported to U.S. Coast Guard Activities Far East as the Executive Officer in June 2016. CDR Spangler is a 1997 graduate of Lafayette College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and received a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2008.
In August 2000, CDR Spangler received his commission as a Coast Guard Officer following the completion of the Direct Commission Officer training at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Since then he has served in numerous field and staff positions including assignments as the Environmental Manager at Base Kodiak, Alaska; Apprentice Marine Inspector at Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington; Staff Engineer and International Policy Developer at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC; and Supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to reporting to Japan, he was assigned as an International Port Security Liaison Officer (IPSLO) at Marine Inspection Detachment Singapore.
During these assignments, CDR Spangler was involved in the development of international policy regarding shipping concerns in the Arctic and Antarctic, and development of the Polar Code by the International Maritime Organization in London, England. He was also deployed to British Petroleum Headquarters in Houston, Texas, as a technical adviser to BP Engineers working on engineering a means to cap the Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig incident. During his tour as an IPSLO, he assessed numerous SE Asian and Oceana country’s compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and developed Capacity Building program to enhance their compliance.
CDR Spangler is a Coast Guard licensed mariner for the operation of Uninspected Passenger Vessels.
CDR Spangler has received numerous personal awards and is also a recipient of the Permanent Marine Safety Insignia.