Commander Lynn graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences. After an initial tour as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutters BASSWOOD and SASSAFRAS, both 180-foot seagoing buoy tenders homeported in Guam, Commander Lynn transferred to Marine Safety Office New Orleans, Louisiana. As a Federal On-Scene Coordinator’s Representative, he led oil and hazardous materials response activities in an area with one of the highest occurrences of pollution incidents in the nation. Concurrently, he enforced compliance regulations for waterfront facilities handling dangerous cargoes. He then transferred to the Eighth Coast Guard District staff where he worked in the Waterways Management Division, providing guidance and support to units on navigation safety related missions. After two years in this position, he transitioned to become a District Response Advisory Team member where he supported the environmental response mission for the Gulf Coast region between Texas and the panhandle of Florida. During this assignment he helped administer emergency response funding for units responding to the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His next assignment was Chief of the Response Department at Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Georgia, where he directed Coast Guard activities related to oil and hazardous materials response, port security, defense readiness, and waterways management.
Commander Lynn’s last tour was as Chief, Facility Safety and Outer Continental Shelf Security Branch at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for program management and oversight of policy development for field operations involving safety and environmental protection inspections at commercial waterfront facilities, the safe handling of explosives and containerized dangerous cargoes, and the security of outer continental shelf facilities. During this assignment he also supported the response to the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance as the Operations Section Chief for Branch Grand Isle, Louisiana.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Commander Lynn is married to the former Evie Taylor and has two children, Carlie and Murray.
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