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

MSU Portland Commanding Officer

CAPT Daniel L. LeBlanc


Captain LeBlanc graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering in December 1986. Following college, he briefly worked in the maritime industry before deciding to join the Coast Guard and become an officer. He graduated from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia in October 1988. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Homeland Security from the American Military University.

In his first Coast Guard assignment, Captain LeBlanc served as the Administrative Officer at Coast Guard Group New Orleans. He was subsequently selected for the Coast Guard’s Flight Officer program and completed aviation training at NAS Pensacola, Florida and NAS Norfolk, Virginia, earning the coveted “wings of gold” as a Naval Flight Officer for the E-2C Hawkeye airframe. Upon decommissioning of the Coast Guard’s E-2C program in 1992, Captain LeBlanc entered the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety & Environmental Protection Program.

Over the next thirteen years, Captain LeBlanc gained diverse experience in all aspects of the Marine Safety Program in various assignments which included: Marine Vessel Inspector, Port Operations Officer, and Investigating Officer at Marine Safety Office New Orleans, Louisiana from 1992-1996; Senior Investigating Officer at Marine Safety Office Honolulu, Hawaii from 1996-1999; and Port State Control Officer/Regional Exam Center Liaison/Maritime Investigations Program Manager for the Eighth Coast Guard District Office, New Orleans, Louisiana from 1999-2004. In 2004, Captain LeBlanc became the Chief, Port Operations at Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay, which included responsibilities for Port Security, Waterways Safety & Management, Container Inspections, Maritime Facility Safety and Security, and Federal On Scene Coordinator’s Representative for oil and hazardous materials incidents.

 In July 2005, Captain LeBlanc was selected to be Logistics Officer for newly formed Sector San Francisco and served in that capacity until May 2007. In that role, he had responsibility for every Sector support function including pay, administration, military justice, base security, medical clinic, galley, educational services, and naval and facilities engineering. From June 2007 to July 2010, Captain LeBlanc served as the Deputy Commander, Sector San Diego and Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections San Diego. In his tenure at Sector San Diego, he spearheaded several San Diego regional DHS inter-agency initiatives. Most notably, he is credited as the catalyst for the creation of the San Diego DHS Senior Guidance Team, the San Diego DHS Interagency Maritime Strategy Team, and San Diego Maritime Unified Command.

Captain LeBlanc’s military awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, the 9-11 Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.

Last Modified 1/12/2016