CDR Michael J. Davanzo
Commander Davanzo entered recruit training at Cape May, New Jersey June, 1977. As an enlisted member he served on board cutters LANTANA, BAYBERRY, and SUNDEW. His shore assignments included small boat Stations Atlantic Beach and Kenosha, as well as Aids to Navigation Team Detroit. In addition he served as Officer in Charge of Aids to Navigation Teams Morgan City and Astoria. He was advanced to Chief Boatswain Mate September 1, 1989 and promoted to Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) June 1, 1992.
As a CWO, his first assignment was Aids to Navigation (AtoN) Officer at Group Portland, ME. Other CWO assignments included First Lieutenant aboard CGC MADRONA in Charleston, SC, Commanding Officer CGC RAMBLER in Charleston, SC, and as the AtoN Technical Advisor at the National Aids to Navigation School, USCG Training Center Yorktown. Commander Davanzo was promoted to Lieutenant May 1, 1999.
As a LT he served as Executive Officer, CGC MADRONA in Charleston, SC, Commanding Officer, CGC JAMES RANKIN in Baltimore, MD, and CG Headquarters Office of Boat Forces, Boat Platform Division as AtoN Platform Resource Manager. He was promoted to LCDR May 1, 2005. As LCDR he served as Commanding Officer CGC HOLLYHOCK in Port Huron, MI. Commander Davanzo reported to CGC MACKINAW from CG Headquarters Office of Cutter Forces where he served as the AtoN and Icebreaker Division Chief. He was promoted to Commander on 1 October 2010.
Commander Davanzo's awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal with operational device, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals with operational device, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals with operational device, three Commandant’s Letters of Commendation, four Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals and several Meritorious Unit Commendation, Unit Commendation, and Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbons. He was designated Permanent Cutterman in 1990.