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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 is married to the former Johanna Ono, who was born in Tamuning, Guam and raised in Forestville, California.  They met in Santa Barbara, California and have one daughter; Madison (4 years old).  Commander Empen's military awards include four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Navy Commendation Medal, and various unit awards.


MECM Jorin M. Dworshak
Command Master Chief


Master Chief Enforcement Specialist Jorin Dworshak is a native of Mesa, Arizona.  He initially enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served from 1990-1994 while assigned to various units in Okinawa, Japan.  Enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1995, he was assigned to the USCGC Boutwell upon completion of basic training at Cape May.  Following this, he attended Electronics Technician (ET) “A” School and was subsequently assigned to Electronics Support Unit Honolulu.  His past assignments as an ET include Electronics Support Detachment San Diego, USCGC Steadfast, USCGC Sequoia, and Communications Station Kodiak.  In January 2010, he became a Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist (ME) and was assigned instructor duty at the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center.  His past assignments as an ME include Maritime Security Response Team, and Sector New York. Master Chief Dworshak’s awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal (2), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Commandant’s Letters of Commendation (2), and various personal and unit awards.  He has also earned the permanent Cutterman insignia.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn and is a proud graduate of the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Class 09-C; the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, Class 49; and the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education course.