Captain Mehler assumed command of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage in June of 2012 and is responsible for the execution of Coast Guard missions throughout Western Alaska and the Arctic, the Service’s largest and most geographically diverse area of responsibility. In his current duties, CAPT Mehler oversees 245 active duty, 30 reserve and 370 auxiliary personnel and maintains operational control of a Marine Safety Unit, three Marine Safety Detachments, three 110' Patrol Boats, a Small Boat Station, Aids to Navigation Team, and a Sector Field Office. His regulatory responsibilities include; Captain of the Port, Federal On Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge Marine Inspection and SAR Mission Coordinator.
Captain Mehler is a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Quality Systems Management and is certified in Six Sigma. A Coast Guard Licensed Unlimited Third Mate. Prior to joining the US Coast Guard he worked as an analyst for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).
Commissioned in 1990, Captain Mehler’s operational assignments include; Senior Investigating Officer, Assistant Chief, Inspection Department, and Chief, Port State Control Branch at Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Galveston, Texas; Supervisor, Marine Safety Field Office Bucksport, Maine; Operations Officer on the Coast Guard’s International Training Division (ITD) in Yorktown, Virginia conducting assessments and operations in 46 different countries; Executive Officer, for Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Louisville, Kentucky; U.S. Coast Guard Liaison to Operations and Policy at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.; Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago. Captain Mehler’s most recent assignment was as the U.S. Coast Guard Fellow to the Senate Commerce Committee where he served as the senior advisor on all Coast Guard and maritime related activities including the Deepwater Horizon response to the U.S. Senate oversight committee.
Captain Mehler’s personal awards include; five Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the 9-11 Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and four Commandant’s Letters of Commendation.
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 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.
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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