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Captain Christopher M. Chase

Sector Commander


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.



CDR Joshua M. Empen

Deputy Sector Commander


  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 & 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 at 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 Lucas M. Pullen
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Pullen assumed the duties of the Command Master Chief of Coast Guard SECTOR Guam on July 2, 2018 where he serves as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for all U.S. Coast Guard missions in the largest Sector area of operations in the Coast Guard.  Master Chief enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard on August 18, 1998 in Oklahoma City, OK.  Upon completion of basic training, he was assigned to CG Station South Padre Island, TX.  After advancing from Seaman Apprentice to Boatswain's Mate Second Class, he was assigned to the USCGC GALVESTON ISLAND in Apra Harbor, Guam.  Master Chief Pullen served as an instructor at CG Training Center Yorktown, VA where he taught Coxswain "C" School.  Master Chief Pullen has served in numerous command cadre roles as the Executive Petty Officer of USCGC PELICAB and at Station Yankeetown, FL, as well as Officer in Charge of CG Station Oxford, MD, USCGC COHO, and USCGC KINGFISHER, both in Panama City, FL.
Master Chief Pullen's awards and decorations include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals (with 'O' device), four Coast Guard Achievement Medals (with 'O' device), Overseas Ribbon, the Army Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 5), the permanent Cutterman's Insignia, Boat Forces Insignia (Advanced), Coxswain Insignia, and Officer in Charge Insignias for both afloat and ashore, along with various other awards and decorations.
Master Chief Pullen is a graduate of the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, Coast Guard Chief's Academy, class 170, the Coast Guard's Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, Class 58, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 68.  Master Chief Pullen is also a graduate of American Military University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management, and he holds a Master's degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas in El Paso.  Master Chief has also completed the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) courses, Level I and II.