Santa Rita, GU
Brenden J. Kettner
Deputy Sector Commander
reported having served the previous year as the Officer in Charge, Port
Advisory Coordination Element and Deputy Maritime Security Advisor to Iraq.
In this capacity Commander Kettner engaged with the Government of
Iraqi in implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security
code and worked with the Iraqi River Police, Coastal Border Guard and Iraqi
Navy to improve maritime law enforcement efforts within Iraqi waters and
along the Iranian border.
Prior to his assignment
to Iraq, Commander Kettner was the Deputy Division Chief for the Exercise
Support Division at PACAREA and FORCECOM assisting units in conducting All
Threats All Hazards exercises in North and Central America.
Commander Kettner was
also an International Port Security Liaison Officer, Activities Europe,
beginning in August 2004. As an International Port Security Liaison Officer
he was responsible for engaging with governments throughout the Horn of
Africa and Middle East to assess anti-terrorism measures in ports that
conduct trade with the United States as well as assisting in operational
planning and development of host nation security forces. His Area of
Responsibility included Syria, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait Qatar, Yemen, Sudan,
Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya. He also served as Branch Chief of the
U.S. Coast Guard Sea Marshal Program at Marine Safety Officer San Francisco
from August 2001 to July of 2004. As Branch Chief, he was also the Maritime
Law Enforcement Training Officer and Weapons Officer. His primary mission
was the planning and execution of airborne and waterborne anti terrorism
operations along the coast of Northern California.
A native of Lowell,
Michigan, Commander Kettner holds a Bachelors degree from the Aquinas
College and a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the
U.S. Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island. In 1994 he received his
Coast Guard Commission from Officer Candidate School and was assigned to
Marine Safety Office Savannah, GA.
His other diverse assignments include: Chief of Port Operations and Senior Investigating Officer, Marine Safety Officer Detroit, MI from 1998 to 2001; Branch Chief, Investigations Department, Marine Safety Officer Savannah, GA from 1994 to 1998; and Quarter Master Second Class aboard USCGC ACTIVE from 1991 to 1993. Other field assignments included tours as Law Enforcement Detachment Coordinator, San Juan, PR, and Port Security Planning officer for the 1996 Olympic held in Savannah, GA.
Commander Kettner is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (two awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (two awards), the Navy Marine Corp Achievement Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, the Department of Transportation 09/11 ribbon, the Coast Guard Combat Action Ribbon and the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Insignia.