Captain Albertson is from Ashland, Oregon. In 1988, he enlisted in the Coast Guard and served two years aboard USCGC VENTUROUS before commissioned at Officer Candidate School in 1990. A Prevention Officer, he has performed a range of Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection missions during the following assignments:
He is a certified Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Professional. While at headquarters, he led policy development on oil and hazardous material response and led multi-national oversight of the Potentially Polluting Wrecks in Marine Waters issue paper developed for the 2005 International Oil Spill Conference. He also coauthored a textbook sponsored by the World Maritime University examining implementation of the IMO Guidelines on Places of Refuge for Ships In Need of Assistance.
He holds a B.S. in Business Administration-Marketing from Southern Oregon State College (1987), an M.S. in Environmental Management & Economics from The Johns Hopkins University (2001), an M.S. in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School (2004), and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (2013).
Commander Stacey Mersel, a native of New City, New York received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993. She entered the Coast Guard through Officer Candidate School, in Yorktown, Virginia and received her commission upon graduation in 1995.
Commander Mersel began her career as a Deck Watch Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter SPENCER (WMEC 905), a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston, Massachusetts until 1997. During her tour she served as the First Lieutenant and Communications Officer. In 1997, Commander Mersel became the Executive Officer of Coast Guard Cutter MUSTANG (WPB 1310), a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Seward, Alaska.
From 1999 to 2002, Commander Mersel was assigned to the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana as a Command Duty Officer responsible for the execution of all Coast Guard Missions in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2002, she attended Tulane University and earned a Masters in Business Administration. Upon graduation in 2004, Commander Mersel was assigned to the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, Florida. She was responsible for the budget execution of $70+ million. In 2006, Commander Mersel was assigned as the Executive Officer of Coast Guard Cutter VALIANT (WMEC 621), homeported in Miami, Florida where she performed search and rescue, drug and migrant interdiction, and fishery patrols in the Caribbean.
In 2008, Commander Mersel was assigned as a Program Reviewer and Budget Coordinator in the Office of Budget and Programs at Coast Guard Headquarters where she formulated the Coast Guard’s FY09 – FY11 annual budget submissions through all stages of the Federal budget process. In 2010, she was assigned as the Chief of Sector New York’s Command Center where she is responsible for overseeing the Sector Command Center and the Vessel Traffic Service Center that executes all Coast Guard Missions in the Port of New York and New Jersey and up the Hudson River. In 2013, Commander Mersel was assigned as the Executive Assistant to the Pacific Area Commander where she was responsible for communicating the Commander’s strategic intent to a diverse audience of key internal and external stakeholders to include international, federal, state, local, tribal and industry.
In 2015, Commander Mersel reported aboard and currently serves as the Deputy Sector Commander for Sector Anchorage in Alaska. Her responsibilities include Alternate Captain of the Port and the execution of Coast Guard missions throughout Western Alaska and the Arctic, the Service’s largest and most geographically diverse area of responsibility.
Her personal awards include 4 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Coast Guard Commendation Medals with “O” Device, 1 Letter of Commendation, and 3 Humanitarian Service Medals, as well as several unit and service awards.
Senior Chief Steven Gustin assumed responsibility as Command Senior Chief of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage in June of 2014 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. Senior Chief Gustin will frequently visit all of Sector Anchorage’s units, meet informally with personnel, exchange ideas, disseminate information, develop external relationships and strengthen interagency and interservice partnerships. 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.
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