Master Chief Spurgeon joined the Coast Guard on September 25, 1994. He attended Recruit Basic Training in Cape May, NJ, and is a graduate of the Coast Guard Damage Controlman School located in Yorktown, Virginia. He has served tours on Coast Guard Cutter Sherman, 378 foot High Endurance Cutter, Alameda, California; Aids to Navigation Team San Francisco, Yerba Buena Island, California; Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, 399 foot Polar Ice Breaker, Seattle, Washington; Coast Guard Cutter Elm, 225 foot Long range Buoy Tender, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina; Patrol Forces South West Asia, Kingdom of Bahrain; Naval Engineering Support Unit Seattle, Seattle, Washington; and most recently Pacific Area Advanced Ship Systems Instruction and Support Team, Alameda, California; Facilities Engineering Department, Boston, Massachusetts.
Master Chief Spurgeon’s military awards include Cutterman’s pin, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, the Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation, the Department of Transportation Secretary’s Outstanding Unit Award, five Coast Guard Unit Commendations, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendations, two Antarctica service, two Arctic service, two sea service, four Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War Terror Expeditionary the CG Restricted Duty Ribbon, the Coast Guard Rifle Ribbon, the Coast Guard Pistol Ribbon, American Society Naval Engineering Lucas Plaque.
Master Chief Spurgeon was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, Class 136, and the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Command Master Chief Course, Class 05-11. He is pursuing an Associates of Science Degree in Marine Engineering from Coastline Community College.