Commander Brian Falk currently serves as the Acting Sector Commander at Coast Guard Sector Charleston and manages over 700 active duty, reserve, and civilian men and women in conducting all Coast Guard missions in the states of South Carolina and Georgia.
Prior to this assignment, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Commander responsible for all Coast Guard missions and operations spanning half the globe from the Rocky Mountains to Western Asia.
From 2009 thru 2012, he served in Port Arthur, Texas and was responsible for executing safety, security, and environmental compliance regimes across a broad spectrum of maritime industries in the nations third largest bulk tonnage and petrochemical port complex. From 2005 to 2009, Commander Falk served on the Marine Safety staff at Coast Guard Atlantic Area Headquarters. Earlier in his career, Commander Falk held a variety of positions supporting the Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection mission areas while asssigned in Corpus Christi, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Commander Falk is a primary or contributing author on several DHS National Strategies, USCG policy documents, and emergency response guides. Throughout his career, he led or guided various aspects of response efforts following numerous catastrophic events including: Deepwater Horizon, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Sandy, I35W bridge collapse, Mississippi River floods, major marine casualties and resultant oil spills and salvage operations. Also, Commander Falk completed Port Safety Industry Training with global energy and liquefied natural gas (LNG) corporations based in Texas and Louisiana.
A native of Connecticut, he graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science. Commander Falk also earned a Master of Public Administration Degree from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in 2001. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2 awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal and numerous operational and unit awards. Additionally, he was recognized by the Coast Guard Innovation Council and presented the Captain Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award for Operations or Readiness in 2009.
Commander Falk is married to the former Tania Vasquez of Robstown, Texas. They have two children, Noah Elijah and Emma Grace.