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.
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.