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Captain Nicholas Simmons
Commander Coast Guard Sector Guam

 

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Captain Simmons reports to Sector Guam from the Office of Budget and Programs at Coast Guard Headquarters, having served two years as the Coast Guard’s Procurement, Construction and Improvements Budget Coordinator.  In this capacity, he coordinated capital investment in strategic Coast Guard priorities, assisting in formulation of the Fiscal Year 2020-2023 budgets, which included enactment of the largest budget in Coast Guard history.

A career cutterman, Captain Simmons accumulated more than ten years of sea time on five ships, including: Deck Watch Officer and Assistant Navigator on CGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616) in Wilmington, North Carolina; Operations Officer on CGC FORWARD (WMEC 911) in Portsmouth, Virginia; Commanding Officer on CGC WASHINGTON (WBP 1331) in Apra Harbor, Guam; Executive Officer on CGC LEGARE (WMEC 912) in Portsmouth, Virginia; and Commanding Officer on CGC TAMPA (WMEC 902) in Portsmouth, Virginia.  During those tours, Captain Simmons conducted missions from drug and migrant interdiction to search and rescue in areas including the Northern Atlantic Ocean, Eastern Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Philippine Sea. 

Captain Simmons’ staff tours focused on intelligence and special assignments, with service as a strategic intelligence analysts at the Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center in Suitland, Maryland, and as a Counterintelligence Agent at Coast Guard Atlantic Area.  He also spent two years as the Deputy Military Aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Captain Simmons holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, with high honors, from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  He further completed the U.S. Air Force Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1, and is a graduate of the Defense Counterintelligence Agent’s Course.

Captain Simmons’ awards include six Meritorious Service Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, and various other personal and unit awards.

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Commander Gregory S. Sickels
Deputy Sector Commander

 

Commander Greg Sickels serves as the Deputy Sector Commander for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam. Commander Sickels is the principle advisor to the Sector Commander and his alternate in performing a wide-range of federal authorizations including Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Officer-in-Charge of Maritime Inspections, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator with an area of responsibility of 1.9 million square nautical miles that encompasses Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Commander Sickels has functioned in a diversity of other operational and staff assignments throughout his career, including Health, Safety and Work Life Regional Practice Manager at Base National Capital Region stationed in Washington, D.C., Executive Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team New Orleans stationed in Belle Chasse, Louisiana; Tactical Operations Section Chief at Special Missions Training Center stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Officer in Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment 402 at Tactical Law Enforcement Team South in Opa Locka, Florida; and as a Deck Watch Officer on USCGC JARVIS stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Originally from Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Commander Sickels graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Management in 2005. In 2018, he earned Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Care Administration degrees from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Commander Sickels also earned Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the US Army Office of Business Transformation, completed the U.S. Air Force Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 and is a two-time White House Fellow Finalist.

Commander Sickels’ military awards include four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals, and various other personal, team and campaign awards.

Master Chief Storekeeper David Fedison
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Fedison began his Coast Guard career in July of 1997 attending Basic Training at Training Center Cape May, NJ. After graduating Basic Training, he was briefly stationed on the USCGC Tampa as a Seaman before attending Officer Candidate School. He decided to return to the enlisted workforce and his next unit was the USCGC Hudson based in Miami, FL. He then headed off to Storekeeper (SK) A-School in Petaluma, CA where upon graduation he departed to the Integrated Support Command in Miami, FL. While there he advanced to Second Class Storekeeper and was assigned as the independent duty SK at Communication Station Miami.  He advanced to First Class and returned to ISC Miami later becoming Base Miami.  In 2010, he transferred to the Asset Project Office located in Baltimore, MD soon advancing to Chief.  As a Chief he served at the Surface Logistics Center and Sector in Baltimore, MD before proceeding to the USCGC Mackinaw in Cheboygan, MI.  There he advanced to Senior Chief and served as the Senior Field Contracting Officer after moving to the  USCG Finance Center in Chesapeake, VA. In 2019, he proceeded to the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, NC before his advancement to Master Chief later that same year. After successfully screening as a Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Master Chief Fedison was selected to serve as the Command Master Chief for USCG Sector Guam in 2020.

Master Chief Fedison is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief’s Academy, class 181, and the Coast Guards Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, Class 61. He also holds two bachelor degrees from the UNC Wilmington in Marine Biology and Geology and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Accounting from American Military University.  

Master Chief Fedison’s awards and decorations include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals (with ‘O” device), and two Letter of Commendations, along with various other personal and team awards and decorations.

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