Captain Daniel J. Travers
Captain Daniel J. Travers assumed the duties as the Commander, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in June 2014. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Sector, which includes protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving the living marine resources, and promoting national security. Headquartered in Warrenton, Oregon, at the mouth of the Columbia River, the Sector spans the southern half of Washington, all of Oregon and most of Idaho and includes 465 miles of navigable rivers, 420 miles of coastline, 33 ports and 12 river bars. He leads nine sub-units with 1,050 active duty, civilian, reserve and auxiliary personnel, and serves as Captain of the Port, Federal On Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.
In his previous assignment, Captain Travers was 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.
Captain Travers’ other assignments include Commanding Officer of Air Station Detroit, Chief of the Industrial Operations Division at the Coast Guard’s largest industrial depot, the Aviation Logistics Center, and Chief Aeronautical Engineering Officer at Air Station Sitka, Alaska. He has also served as Operating Expense Fund Manager and HH-60J Systems Manager in the Office of Aeronautical Engineering at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, District of Columbia, as Rotary Wing Aeronautical Engineering Officer at Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and as Operations Officer aboard USCGC MARIPOSA and USCGC FIR in Seattle, Washington.
Captain Travers completed Naval Flight Training in 1993 in Pensacola, Florida and completed tours of duty at CGAS Cape Cod, CGAS Sitka, CG Aviation Logistics Center, CGAS Detroit and CGAS Astoria. During this time, he flew 3,600 flight hours, attained qualifications on the MH-60J/T and MH-65C as an Aircraft Commander and Flight Examiner. He also earned the Daughters of American Revolution Achievement Award for being the top Coast Guard graduate during Naval Flight Training.
A native of Marlboro, Massachusetts, Captain Travers graduated with high honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In 2010, he earned a Master of Science in Industrial Administration with a concentration in Finance from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management and also received a Krannert Scholar Award. In 2011, he earned a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Additionally, he has earned a Program Manager Level II Certification in Acquisitions.
His military decorations 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.