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CAPT Dermanelian

Captain Dermanelian joined the Coast Guard as a cadet on 02 July 1984. He earned his bachelor and masters degree in electrical engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and The George Washington University. His Coast Guard career includes 11 unique assignments which included sailing the Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE to Australia in 1987 followed by Deck Watch Officer duties on board the Coast Guard Cutter DAUNTLESS in Miami Beach, FL. There he drove the ship, directed helicopter landings, perform drug and alien migrant law enforcement operations, trained Caribbean law enforcement officers, and managed electronic and cryptographic systems.

As a Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1990, he was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters where he bought and installed communications equipment on cutters and boats. After completing graduate school in 1994, he transferred as a Lieutenant to the Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center in Groton, Connecticut where he worked on advanced communication systems and the early Defense Messaging System prototypes. The next set of orders assigned him to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT where he taught electrical engineering to undergraduate cadets.

As he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander, he and his family traveled to Alaska for a three year tour as the commanding officer of Communication Station Kodiak, AK; this unit provided maritime distress and operational communications services to national and international fishing fleets and Coast Guard forces. A second two year tour in Miami followed as the Seventh District Technology and Telecommunications Officer. He provisioned the Seventh District’s 911 Incident Command Post and provided secure data and communications services to units which earned him a promotion and a second command assignment at Communications Area Master Station Pacific (CAMSPAC) in Point Reyes, CA. While at CAMSPAC he and his crew provided command, control, and communications services to every Coast Guard unit in the Pacific Area.

From 2006-2009 he served as chief engineer at the Command and Control Engineering Center in Portsmouth, VA, a unit that integrated commercial and governmental command, control, navigation, and communication systems for Coast Guard cutters, boats and shore units.

In his last assignment (2009 – 2013) he served as the Chief, Office of Information Assurance and Spectrum Policy (CG-65) where he was designated the Coast Guard’s Chief Information Security Officer and Telecommunications Program Manager. He developed Coast Guard policy, formal strategies, and budgets for the Coast Guard’s information security, spectrum management and telecommunications programs. His duties required frequent collaboration with executives from the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Commerce. He was the Designated Approving Authority for classified Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems and new acquisitions including Nationwide Automatic Identification Systems and C4ISR systems on the National Security Cutter and Fast Response Cutter, and HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft. His duties included representing the United States as Head of Delegation to the International Maritime Organization’s Subcommittee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue which oversaw life saving appliances and the Global Maritime Distress Safety System. He also acted as the Coast Guard’s Deputy Chief Information Officer (CG-6d) for five months in 2011.

Captain Dermanelian was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1965 as the youngest child of David T. and Shirley J. Dermanelian. He is married to the former Michelle A. Hayden of Dundee, Michigan. They have three sons.

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