Captain Daniel J. Travers
Captain Daniel Travers assumed command of Sector
Columbia River in June 2014. Travers also serves as the Captain of
the Port Columbia River and Commanding Officer Air Station Astoria.
Captain Travers is a native of Marlboro, Massachusetts, and graduated with
high honors from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of
Science in Electrical Engineering. His first assignment was aboard USCGC FIR in Seattle, WA, as Operations
Officer cross-decking to USCGC MARIPOSA in October 1991.
Captain Travers received his wings in November 1993 and earned the Daughters of the American Revolution Achievement Award. His first aviation assignment was at Air Station Cape Cod, where he flew the HH-60J and was designated an Aeronautical Engineer. In 1999, he attended Purdue University's Krannert School of Business, where he received a Master of Science in Industrial Administration and earned the Krannert Scholar Award. After graduating in 2000, he was assigned to the Office of Aeronautical Engineering at Coast Guard Headquarters as Funds Manager of a $209 million dollar budget and as HH-60J Systems Manager responsible for all integrated logistics support for 42 aircraft including designing the MH-60T avionics upgrade.
In 2003, Captain Travers served as the Engineering Officer at Air Station Sitka, where he again flew the HH-60J and was responsible for overseeing field level maintenance and providing logistics support for three aircraft. In 2006, he was assigned as the Industrial Operations Division Chief at the Aircraft Repair and Supply Center, where he led the largest division and oversaw 14 industrial shops in providing industrial production and logistical support for four aircraft product lines. During this tour, he was designated an MH-60J/T Flight Examiner and was also responsible for developing a reorganization plan to transform ARSC to the Aviation Logistics Center.
In 2008, Captain Travers was selected to serve as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, where he qualified as an HH-65C Aircraft Commander and led his crew in the conduct of Coast Guard operations throughout the Great Lakes, Atlantic and Caribbean. In 2010, he attended the National War College in Washington, DC, where he received a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. After graduating in 2011, he was assigned as the Chief of the Incident Management Branch at the Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska, where he was responsible for oversight, prosecution and crisis planning for incident response in one of the Coast Guard's most remote operating areas spanning 3.8 million square miles of ocean and 44,000 miles of coastline. During this tour, he was selected as the 2013 International Association of Emergency Management Uniformed Member of the Year for managing several noteworthy contingency planning and response operations. His military awards include five Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Commandant's Letters of Commendation Ribbons and numerous other awards.