As Commanding Officer, Captain Louie serves as Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, ensuring commercial vessels comply with U.S. regulations and international conventions. In addition, she oversees the International Port Security Program's efforts to assess anti-terrorism measures and verify implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code at ports in 42 countries.
Her previous assignments include serving as the Executive Officer of Activities Europe in Schinnen, the Netherlands (2016 to 2018); Chief of Port Operations at Marine Safety Office Juneau in Alaska (1996 to 1999); Senior Marine Inspector at MSO/Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington (1999 to 2003); and Prevention Department Head at Sector Juneau in Alaska (2009 to 2012).
Captain Louie has also been assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters as a Staff Engineer at the Commandant’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG-1) in Washington, D.C. (2005 to 2009) and in Alameda, California as the Inspections and Investigations Branch Chief (dpi) at the Eleventh Coast Guard District (2012 to 2016).
A native of Seattle, Washington, Captain Louie enlisted in the Coast Guard in October of 1990 and served as a Boatswain’s Mate along the Washington coast before attending and graduating from Officer Candidate School in December of 1995. She also attended college at Seattle University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1995) and Oregon State University where she earned a Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (2005). Captain Louie completed Merchant Marine Industry Training with Cruise West in Seattle, Washington (2009), a small passenger vessel company that operated a fleet of vessels from the Alaska Inside Passage to Mexico.
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.