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Marine Safety Unit Portland
US Coast Guard
6767 N. Basin Ave.
Portland, OR 97217-3992
Tel: (503) 240-9310

MSU Portland Command Senior Chief

Senior Chief Marty G. Blair

Senior Chief Marty BlairSenior Chief Blair, a native of Anderson, Indiana, enlisted in the Coast Guard in Sept, 1990.  After completing basic training at Cape May, New Jersey, he was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Red Cedar, Portsmouth Virginia. Upon graduation of Machinery Technician “A” school in Yorktown, Virginia, he was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) Smilax, home ported in Brunswick, Georgia where he qualified as Engineer of the Watch. In 1990, he transferred to the CGC Smilax in Brunswick Georgia, where he served as the Engineer of the Watch and Crane operator. 

In 1993, he transferred to Station Destin located in Destin, Florida. There he was a Boat Engineer for the 41ft UTB and 21ft RHI, Plus a Boarding Officer.

Advancing to MK2 in 1995, and transferring to Station Charleston in South Carolina. Where he continued as a Boat Engineer to their 41ft UTB fleet, and Boarding Officer.

CGC Valiant was his first white hull Cutter in 1998 after Advancing to MK1, He was assigned to the Auxiliary department, A/C maintainer and small boat engineer along with Boarding Officer duties that conducted Law Enforcement Operations in the Caribbean.

 After a short 8 months break in service, In 2000, he was transferred to CGC Boutwell in Alameda California.  Where he qualified as Underway Engineer of the watch and continued to maintain Air Conditioning plans, plus ensure all small boat operational readiness was maintained. In 2003 CGC Boutwell, along with the Naval 5th fleet deployed to the Persian Gulf. After this length deployment CGC Boutwell continued on an around the world trip.

Advancing to MKC and transferring to Tactical Law Enforcement Team South, located in Opa-Locka, Florida. Attached to LEDET 407 and 402 which conducted Law Enforcement Operations in the Caribbean, Antilles Islands, Central America, West coast of America and the Persian Gulf.

In 2004, and Transferring to Sector Mobile in Mobile Alabama.  Your duty as assistant Engineer Office was demanding, overseeing 19 units, consisting of six small boat stations,  five 87`s, a LORAN station and seven ANT units. Managing oversight for CASREP`s for the Sector, Assisting with UTB yard availabilities, Ready for Operation inspection and Dockside assistance.  Advancing to Senior Chief in 2008.

Transferring to CGC ZEPHYR in 2009, assuming the EPO position.  You continued as a Boarding Office which conducted Law Enforcement Operations in the Caribbean, Antilles Islands, Central America.  In 2011, he transferred to Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Oregon as the Engineering Division Chief overseeing all Civil, Facility and Environmental Engineering Programs.

Senior Chief Blair's personal awards include Two Coast Guard Commendation Medal with "0" device, Four Coast Guard Achievement Medals with "0" device, Three Commandant Letter of Commendation with "0" device, seven Coast Guard Good Conduct awards, Sea Service Ribbon with two bronze stars and 18 other unit and team awards. He is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy in Dec 2005.

Last Modified 1/12/2016