Chain of Command
Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Speer (BOSN3) enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard in August of 1990. Upon graduation from Basic Training, Mr. Speer transferred to his first Coast Guard assignment onboard CG Cutter Sanibel in Woods Hole, MA. On June 1, 1996, while located at the infamous Station Yaquina Bay, Boatswain’s Mate Second Class (at the time) Speer certified as a Surfman onboard the 44’ Motor Lifeboat. Mr. Speer was entered into the Registry of Surfmen and assigned as number 244. Click here for additional information about U. S. Coast Guard Surfmen.
With over 24 years of service, Mr. Speer has been stationed at several different units. From 2002-2004, as a Chief, he had the unique privilege of being the first international exchange participant for the all volunteer Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Located in Poole, England, Mr. Speer served as an integral part of the training division.
In 2004, Mr. Speer transferred back state side to the National Motor Lifeboat School in Illwaco, WA to be part of the reputable Standardization and Readiness (STAN) Team. In charge of ensuring that all Boat Force units function within standards, the STAN Team brought Mr. Speer to units all over the country to share his expertise and guidance on small boat operations. Click here for additional information about the STAN Team.
Transferring to Station Quillayute River in 2008, Mr. Speer took over as the unit’s Executive Petty Officer (XPO). In charge of all personnel matters, the XPO is the second in command at a Coast Guard Unit. While at Quillayute River Chief Speer was appointed his commission as Chief Warrant Officer, BOSUN. Click here for more information on Chief Warrant Officers in the U. S. Coast Guard.
In 2010, Mr. Speer accepted his transfer orders as Team Leader of the post 9/11 unit Marine Safety and Security Team (MSST) located in Honolulu, HI. Created by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, and operating as part of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Operations Group (DOG), MSST units are tasked with responding to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and maritime terrorism threats.
Relieving the watch from Mr. Jay Griener, Mr. Speer took on the role as Commanding Officer of Station Barnegat Light in June 2013.
Executive Petty Officer
Chief Boatswain's Mate
Engineering Petty Officer
Chief Machinery Technician