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MSU VALDEZ COMMAND

COMMANDING OFFICER
Commander Michael R. Franklin

Commander Franklin enlisted in the Coast Guard in June of 1995 and earned the rank of Boatswains Mate Second Class before entering USCG Officer Candidate School in 2000.  CDR Franklin has served aboard the following units: USCGC KATMAI BAY WTGB 101 in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan from 1995-1997.  USCG Marine Safety Office Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1997-1999. USCGC MACKINAW WAGB 83 in Cheboygan, Michigan from 2000-2002.  USCG Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, Louisiana from 2002-2007.  USCG Marine Safety Detachment, Kenai, Alaska from 2007-2010.  USCG District 17 Inspections and Investigations branch from 2010-2012.  USCG Marine Safety Unit Valdez, Alaska as the Executive Officer from 2012-2015.  2015-2017 assigned as the Chief of Inspections at Sector Anchorage.

Commander Franklin graduated from Wakefield High School, in Wakefield, Michigan in 1989.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin in 1994.  He holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Touro University International completed in 2006 and a Masters degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University International completed in 2012.    

Commander Franklin is the youngest son of Jeanne and the late Jack Franklin. He and his wife Christy hail from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and have seven children, 3 boys, 4 girls and 5 granddaughters.   


EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Lieutenant Commander Todd J. Bagetis

Lieutenant Commander Bagetis enlisted in the Coast Guard in November of 1998 and earned the rank of Boatswains Mate First Class before entering USCG Officer Candidate School in 2006.  LCDR Bagetis has served aboard the following units: USCG Station Georgetown in South Carolina from 1998-2003, USCG Marine Safety Office Portland,  Maine from 2003-2005, USCG Sector Northern New England in South Portland, Maine from 2005-2006, Tactical Law Enforcement Team South in Opa Locka, Florida as Officer In Charge and Deployable Team Leader from 2006-2009, USCG 1st District in Boston, Massachusetts as Assistant Chief of the Container and Facilities inspection/response program from 2009-2012, Marine Safety Unit Valdez, Alaska as the Planning Department Head from 2012-2015 and USCG Sector Anchorage as the Incident Management Division Chief from 2015-2018.  

Lieutenant Commander Bagetis graduated from Bishop Brady High School in Concord, New Hampshire in 1998.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Excelsior College in Albany, New York in 2009 and has completed several courses and holds Masters Certificates in psychology and business.

During the course of his tours, Lieutenant Commander Bagetis earned the Coast Guard Coxswain, Advanced Boat Forces, Tactical Law Enforcement and Marine Safety Insignias as well as various team and personal awards.     Lieutenant Commander Bagetis and the love of his life Meghann Bagetis both hail from New Hampshire and have been happily married since 2006. Lieutenant Commander Bagetis is a proud father of a son named Paxton and his hobbies include fly fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, boating, skiing and most notably spending time with his family in the gorgeous and scenic Alaskan Last Frontier.