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 David Stone assumed the duties as Officer in Charge of Station Apra Harbor, Guam on July 19, 2019. He is overall responsible for operations and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families within the Station’s area of responsibility of the Northern Mariana Islands, which includes two RBM’s and two RB-S II and 222 miles of coastline. Most recently Master Chief Stone served as Officer in Charge of CGC ALBACORE, Panama City, FL.
Master Chief Stone’s previous assignments include Officer in Charge, CGC KINGFISHER, Panama City, FL; Officer in Charge, CG Station Cape Charles, Cape Charles, VA; CG Maritime Force Protection Unit, Kings Bay, GA; Executive Petty Officer, CGC SEA DRAGON, Kings Bay, GA; Command Chief, CGC TAMPA, Portsmouth, VA; CGC MORGENTAHU, Alameda, CA; CG Station Crisfield, Crisfield, MD; CG Station Cape Charles, Cape Charles, VA; CGC SPENCER, Boston MA.
Master Chief Stone is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course Class 073 and Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Class 05-C Flight 18. He also holds a 100 ton Masters Merchant Mariners License.
Originally from Myrtle Beach, SC, Master Chief Stone enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in February 1992. His personal awards include five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, five Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, all with the operational distinguishing device. In addition to various other personal and unit level awards, he wears the Officer in Charge Afloat and Ashore device for Multi-Mission, the Permanent Cutterman and Coxswain Insignia, and the Advance Boat Forces Insignia.