Marine Safety Unit Portland
US Coast Guard
6767 N. Basin Ave.
Portland, OR 97217-3992
Tel: (503) 240-9310
Commander Michael B. Zamperini
CDR Michael B. Zamperini was born in Pittsburgh, PA.† He entered the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1989 and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science.† He earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005.† He was promoted to Commander in August of 2008.
CDR Zamperini began his career aboard the USCGC DILIGENCE, homeported in Wilmington, NC where he served as Deck Watch Officer and First Lieutenant from 1993 to 1995.† During that period, he was involved in numerous law enforcement and alien migrant interdiction patrols in the Caribbean as well as a training patrol with the Columbian Navy.† In the summer of 1995, he was transferred to Marine Safety Office Wilmington, NC where he trained and served as a Marine Inspector and Investigator.† In 1998, CDR Zamperini was assigned to Activities New York on Staten Island where he completed his inspections training and served as a supervisory Marine Inspector.† On September 11th, 2001, CDR Zamperini coordinated with the Staten Island Ferry Company and led a team of Coast Guard Marine Inspectors to facilitate the water-borne evacuation of approximately 500,000 people from lower Manhattan.† He also led the formation of a new Reserve Port Security Team for New York Harbor in the aftermath of 9/11.† He was assigned to Penn State from 2003 through 2005 to work on his Operations Research degree, building and conducting research on a computer simulation model for the Coast Guardís aviation spare parts inventory system.† From 2005 through 2009, CDR Zamperini taught mathematics courses at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, coached the wrestling team, and conducted leadership training for cadets during the summers.† In 2009, he transferred to Sector Portland as the Chief of Prevention, overseeing a staff of 63 personnel working on commercial vessel and facility inspections, marine casualty investigations, and waterways management issues.† He worked closely on the unitís transformation from Sector Portland to Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Portland, and is now serving as the Executive Officer of the MSU.
CDR Zamperiniís personal decorations include three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the 9/11 Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, a Commandantís Letter of Commendation and two National Defense Service Ribbons.†