Breaking the Trail...
Marking the Way...
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Lieutenant Commander Godwin enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1991. Upon completion of Recruit Training in Cape May, New Jersey, he was assigned to Station Grand Isle, Louisiana, where he served as boat crewman and Coxswain of station small boats and as a Law Enforcement Boarding Officer. He advanced to BM3 and in 1994 was assigned to USCGC AXE (WLIC 75310) in Mobile, Alabama as the cutter’s First Lieutenant and Construction Deck Supervisor, and subsequently advanced to BM2. In 1997, he was assigned to Aids to Navigation Team Huron, Ohio as Executive Petty Officer. Advanced to BM1 in 1999, he went back to Louisiana as Executive Petty Officer in USCGC POINT SAL (WPB 82352). In 2000, he received an appointment to Officer Candidate School where he was commissioned as an Ensign and assigned to the 225-foot Buoy Tender Primary Crew Assembly Facility in Marinette, Wisconsin as Training Officer, and promoted to LTJG in 2001. His next assignment was as Operations Officer and Navigator in USCGC SYCAMORE (WLB 209) in Cordova, Alaska. Promoted to LT in 2004, he was assigned to the USCGC ACACIA (WLB 406) “Last of the 180’s” in Charlevoix, Michigan as Executive Officer . In July 2006, LT Godwin assumed command of USCGC BISCAYNE BAY (WTGB 104) in St. Ignace, Michigan where he served until July 2009. Lieutenant Commander Godwin then reported to Command and Operations School at the Coast Guard Academy in August 2009 in New London, Connecticut. As Assistant School Chief, he was responsible for training all prospective Commanding Officers and Executive Officers in leadership and command principles prior to assuming their command positions aboard Coast Guard cutters. In 2012, LCDR Godwin moved west to the Pacific Area Command in Alameda, California where he served as Maritime Forces Allocation Section Chief responsible for assigning major cutters and aircraft in support of operations throughout 74 million square miles of ocean including the Arctic, Pacific, and Antarctic Oceans. LCDR Godwin assumed command of USCGC MOBILE BAY on July 9, 2014.
His decorations include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, five CG Achievement Medals, two Good Conduct Medals, permanent Cutterman Insignia, Coxswain Insignia, and numerous other personal and service awards.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, LCDR Godwin is married to the former Nancy Nicole Burnell of Shreveport, Louisiana. Their family includes one son: Caleb (11).
Lieutenant Jason Stanko, originally from Centreville, VA, graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in May 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Management. His first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard U. S. Coast Guard Cutter DAUNTLESS in Galveston, TX. After completing his first assignment, he transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter PEA ISLAND in Key West, FL where he served as the Executive Officer until July 2009.
He reported for post graduate school at the National Defense Intelligence College in August of 2009 and received his Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence upon graduation. In August of 2010 he became the Sector Intelligence Officer for Coast Guard Sector Detroit. LT Stanko reported to USCGC MOBILE BAY as the Executive Officer on 01 July 2013.
Lieutenant Stanko holds a Bachelor of Science in Management (Coast Guard Academy - 2005), a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence (National Defense Intelligence College – 2010) and a Master of Science in Forensic Science (University of Florida – 2012). He holds a Special Analytic Skills Certification in Foreign Denial and Deception Analysis from the Foreign Denial and Deception Committee for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Lieutenant Stanko has been awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.
He is married to the former Katie Savoie, of Bay City, MI. They recently had their first child, a son named Jay.