CDR Shane Montoya is the Deputy Sector Commander, Sector Anchorage. He assists the Sector Commander in carrying
out the full range of the 11 CG missions in the largest CG sector area of responsibility in the Nation,
encompassing 90% of Alaska’s coastal zone, including 4000 miles of navigable rivers.
Enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1991, he was assigned to the University of Colorado and completed his Bachelors of Science degree, then attended Officer Candidate School and started a career within Maritime Safety and Security. Ensign Montoya was assigned to Marine Safety Office Corpus Christi, TX where he focused his efforts on becoming a marine inspector and investigator before being assigned to New York as a senior marine inspector and senior investigating officer. While stationed in New York, Lieutenant Montoya completed his Masters of Science Degree and was then stationed at the 17th Coast Guard District Maritime Safety Division from 2000 to 2004. While serving in Juneau, AK, Lieutenant Montoya was detailed to the U.S. Coast Guard Far East office, located at Yokota, Japan to assist with maritime inspections and investigations throughout the Asian Pacific. He then received orders to Sector Houston-Galveston as the Chief of Planning and Preparedness where he led the integration of enhanced security operations in response to the terrorist events of 9/11. During this time, he was also responsible for successfully planning and implementing the unit’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In 2008, Commander Montoya was re-assigned to the 17th Coast Guard District in a detached duty status in Anchorage, AK coordinating interagency operations and working with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission drafting the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment for the Arctic Counsel. During the summer of 2010, he participated in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts, leading the liaison staff at the Houma, LA Incident Command Post. Continuing to serve the 17th District, Commander Montoya was assigned to sector anchorage in 2012 as the deputy sector commander.
A native of Wyoming, Commander Montoya is married to the former Sheryl Brickle and has two children. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with operational distinguishing device (2), Coast Guard Achievement Medal with operational distinguishing device (2), and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Burkhart assumed responsibility as Command Senior Chief of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage in July
of 2010 and is responsible for the health, well-being, and morale of all personnel assigned. His responsibilities include
advising the Sector Commander on personnel and operational decisions impacting all that serve under Captain Paul Mehler’s
command. Charged with aligning Service core values and readiness to conduct all missions are the responsibilities of all
who serve at the pinnacle of enlisted leadership.
Senior Chief Burkhart enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1993 and has served on board; CGC TAMAROA, CGC THETIS, GROUP Ketchikan, Alaska; Group Fort Macon, North Carolina; CGC MELLON, CG HITRON 10, CGC VALIANT, CG MSST King’s Bay, St. Mary’s, Georgia; SECTOR Louisville, Kentucky; RAID 9 (Kuwait/Iraq), and SECTOR Anchorage, AK.
Senior Chief Burkhart’s personal award include: two Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and three Commandant’s Letters of Commendation. As well as numerous unit and service awards.
My function as ombudsman for Sector Anchorage is to serve as a link between the command and
the unit's families. This includes questions, family concerns, information about local
resources & activities. I am here to guide you in making your tour in Anchorage a great one.
I am always happy to hear and relay to the command any ideas or suggestions from family members.
I hope that you will be able to take advantage of the benefits of the ombudsman program.
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