Chief David Temple-Harris was born in Galveston, TX in 1975 and lived there until they moved to Sarasota, FL where he graduated from High School and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard at the age of 18 years old.
Chief Temple-Harris attended Basic Training at Cape May, NJ. After graduating as a FN from Basic Training, he received orders to the USCGC IRONWOOD homeported in Kodiak, AK. After a completing his tour in Kodiak, he transferred to STATION SAN FRANCISCO where he quickly realized his calling to become a Machinery Technician. After his tour in San Francisco, he transferred to Station Port O’Connor where he continued to run Search and Rescue cases and conduct Law Enforcement/Fisheries boardings. During his tour in South Texas, he met his wife Rachel and they were married up in the Texas Hill Country. Chief Temple-Harris transferred from Station Port O’Connor to Machinery Technician “A” School and was selected as Class Leader. Upon graduating from “A” school, he received orders to the USCGC MAUI homeported in Miami Beach, FL. Chief Temple-Harris quickly promoted to 2nd Class Petty Officer and assisted his unit with numerous Cocaine and Marijuana busts as well as high interest Alien Migrant Interdiction operations. His first daughter Ashley was born in the Miami area, and he and his family transferred to Station FT MYERS BEACH located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. While stationed at FT MYERS BEACH, Chief Temple-Harris conducted over 200 Search and Rescue cases and over 1,200 law enforcement boardings, where he received praise from local law enforcement agencies on his dedication to removing intoxicated boaters from the waterways of Ft Myers. This is where he and his wife welcomed to the world their second daughter, Tara. He was advanced to E-6 Petty Officer and began working towards receiving a Criminal Justice degree for a future career in Law Enforcement. After five years of being stationed in Ft Myers, Chief Temple-Harris was Honorably Released from the Coast Guard and was hired by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. After gaining two years of training and experience as a Deputy Sheriff, Chief Temple-Harris re-enlisted into the Coast Guard setting out to finish his Coast Guard career. He received orders to the USCGC WAESCHE where he became a Plankowner on the service’s newest National Security Cutter, and was humbly advanced to Chief Petty Officer. After a short tour onboard WAESCHE, Chief Temple-Harris received orders to his top pick, the GULF STRIKE TEAM located in Mobile, AL and was proudly selected as the unit’s Command Chief.
Chief Temple-Harris’s Awards received during his Coast Guard career include:
Two COMDT Letter’s of Commendation – Both earned at Operational Units
Three Coast Guard Achievement Medals – All three earned at Operational Units
Selected as Station Ft Myers Beach’s Sailor of the Year – 2006
Completed Chief’s Call to Indoctrination - 2011
Graduated from the Chief Petty Officer Academy – 2012
Member of the Chief Petty Officer’s Association – Mobile
1999 – E-4
2001 – E-5
2005 – E-6
2010 – E-7
May 6th 2011 - CCTI
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