Sector Puget Sound
Captain Griffitts serves as the Deputy Sector Commander of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. He reported to Sector Puget Sound from his most recent assignment as a Traveling Marine Inspector at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC where he served as one of the Coast Guard’s foremost technical experts for inspection of commercial vessels.Captain Griffitts grew up in Ione, WA and graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1991. He received his Master of Science in Political Science from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa in 2004.
Previous tours include Executive Officer, Activities Far East in Tokyo, Japan where he oversaw all Coast Guard marine safety and port security missions in the Asia-Pacific Region. Prior to that he served as the International Port Security Liaison Officer Coordinator, Activities Far East where he was responsible for the Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program in the Asia-Pacific Region. As the Chief, Inspection Division, Sector Portland, OR, he oversaw US vessel flag state inspections, Port State Control, commercial fishing vessel safety, International Ship and Port Security Code implementation for ships and facilities and facility safety in the Oregon, Southern Washington and Idaho. As an International Port Security Liaison Officer based in Singapore he was a “plankowner” of the Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program.
Other tours include Chief, Operational Readiness and Chief, Regional Exam Center at Sector/Marine Safety Office Honolulu; Supervisor, Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa; Assistant Supervisor, Marine Safety Field Office Bucksport, Maine; Senior Marine Inspector, Marine Inspection Office New York; Contingency Planner, USCG Pacific Area and Support Center Kodiak, Alaska. During these tours he carried out a variety of marine safety missions, including vessel inspections, marine casualty investigations, pollution response and port security.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal (4), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and other personal and unit awards.