Prior to his assignment to Sector Guam, Captain Chris Chase served as Deputy Sector Commander at Sector Sault Sainte Marie, a multi-mission unit located in Michigan responsible in regional maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, vessel safety, environmental protection and waterways management. Before assuming the duties as Deputy Commander, Captain Chase also served as Sector Response Department Head at Sault Sainte Marie from 2014 to 2016.
Captain Chase received his wings of gold in 1997 and accumulated more than 3,500 flight hours in variants of the H-65 “Dolphin” helicopter. His previous assignments include Executive Officer and Operations Officer at Coast Guard Station Traverse City, Michigan; Command Safety Officer at Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center; H-65 Fleet Instructor Pilot at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center; duty standing pilot tours at Coast Guard Air Stations Savannah, Georgia and Kodiak, Alaska; and as a Deck Watch Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter CHASE.
A native of Bay Village, Ohio, Captain Chase graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2008 with a Master of Science degree in Safety Science.
Captain Chase’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Antarctic Service Medal and other various personal, unit, and campaign awards.
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Commander Joshua M. Empen serves as the Deputy Sector Commander for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam. CDR Empen 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 Empen has served in a variety of operational and staff assignments during his career, including Commanding Officer of USCGC BLACKFIN stationed in Santa Barbara, California, Executive Officer of USCGC MAUI stationed in Manama, Bahrain, Deck Watch Officer on USCGC VALIANT stationed in Miami Beach, Florida, Executive Officer of Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay, Georgia, Search and Rescue Portfolio Manager and Operations Analyst at USCG Headquarters in Washington, DC, Pacific Area Current Operations Branch Chief in Alameda, California, and Response Department Chief Sector Guam.
A native of Camanche, Iowa, Commander Empen graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Management in 2002. In 2007 he earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He also earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2008 from the University of Florida. In 2012, Commander Empen earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Commander Empen’s military awards include four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Navy Commendation Medal, and various unit awards.
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.