Prior to the Atlantic Strike Team, Lieutenant Commander Shaun Edwards served as the District Response Advisory Team Supervisor at the Seventh District, Miami, FL. His responsibilities included the oversight, management and execution of the DRAT’s response resources and personnel. He served as the Co-Chair for Regional Response Team IV and the Caribbean Regional Response Team. LCDR Edwards also served as the Incident Management Team Coordinator for the District Staff and the Chair of the Seventh District Leadership and Advisory Council for all D7 units.
In 1991, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and achieved the rank of Food Services Specialist First Class. The units assigned to while enlisted included the commissioning of the CGC PEA ISLAND homeported in Jacksonville, FL, CGC MOHAWK homeported in Key West, FL, CGC KEY LARGO homeported in Savannah, GA, and the commissioning of the CGC KUKUI homeported in Honolulu, HI. During his time on the cutters, he served as a boarding team member, small boat coxswain, quartermaster of the watch, in port officer of the day and emergency medical technician.
In 2000, he transferred to the CG Reserves and was selected for Reserve Officer Candidate School in New London, CT. Following graduation LCDR Edwards was assigned to Marine Safety Office Paducah, KY where he drilled until 2003 when he accepted an Extended Active Duty Contract to the National Response Center at CG Headquarters and served as the Operations Officer until 2005. In 2005, LCDR Edwards integrated back into Active Duty and was assigned to the Incident Management Division at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, PA. While at Sector Delaware Bay, he also served 2 years as the Command Center Chief. From 2008-2010, LCDR Edwards served as the Incident Management Division Chief at Sector Portland in Oregon.
LCDR Edwards hails from Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Qualifications include Pollution Responder, Federal On Scene Coordinators Representative, Type 3 Operations Sections Chief, Type 3 Situation Unit Leader, and Type 3 Resources Unit Leader. He has earned the permanent enlisted Cutterman’s insignia and the temporary Boat Forces insignia.
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