Commanding Officer USCGC CAMPBELL (WMEC 909)
Commander Michael F. Nasitka
Commander Nasitka assumed command of CAMPBELL on July 31, 2015.
Commander Michael F. Nasitka is a native of Irvine, California. He graduated with highest honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon receiving his commission, CDR Nasitka served as Communications Officer, Navigator, and Operations Officer aboard USCGC CONIFER, home ported in Long Beach, CA.
In 1997, CDR Nasitka transferred to the 110’ Patrol Boat USCGC VASHON, home ported in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, where he served as Executive Officer, and Navigator. In 1999, CDR Nasitka attended graduate school at the University of Rhode Island and received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in May 2001. His areas of emphasis included digital communications systems and digital signal processing. In May 2001, CDR Nasitka reported to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as an Electrical and Computer Engineering Instructor and served as coach of the Academy’s award winning pistol and sailing teams. His research included development of Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) signal strength prediction software, improving Maritime Domain Awareness through sharing of vessel traffic databases, and analysis of high frequency radio communications through the use of Automatic Link Establishment (HF-ALE).
In July 2004, CDR Nasitka reported aboard the USCGC THETIS, as Operations Officer. He supervised the operational and tactical planning for numerous counter-narcotic patrols in the Southern Caribbean Sea while working under tactical control of the Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S), and counter migrant patrols in the West Windward passage and in the Straits of Florida. Departing Key West in 2006, CDR Nasitka reported to Alaska for assignment as the Commanding Officer of Communications Station Kodiak, Alaska. Communication Station (COMMSTA) Kodiak is one of the major components of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Communication System (PACCOMMSYS). Under his leadership, COMMSTA Kodiak continued to engineer and installed a state-of-the-art High Frequency Automatic Link Establishing (HF-ALE) Cellular System to provide improved communication services to Coast Guard aircraft.
In 2009, CDR Nasitka returned to CGC THETIS, this time as Executive Officer.
In July, 2011, CDR Nasitka report to the Communication and Sensors Capabilities Office (CG- 7611) at Coast Guard Headquarters. In this role, he severs as the Program Manager for the Coast Guard's Command and Control, Communications and Sensor Capabilities. He is responsible for setting the agenda for C4ISR Resource Council using identified maritime safety and security gaps for air, boat, cutter, command and intelligence centers to prioritizes over $500M RDT&E, Acquisition, and In-Service C4ISR expenditures made by across the enterprise. In addition, he ensures each system design is verified & tested to meet the operational requirements. He serves as the primary Sponsor’s Representative (User’s Rep) for most C4ISR systems being acquired by the Coast Guard. Systems where he’s involved in the day-to-day acquisition activities include Rescue 21, the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), the updated mission system on the HC-144, HC-130J aircraft, C4ISR portions of the National Security Cutter (NSC) (Segment 2, Spiral 2 of the Combat Management System; other communication, Command and Control and Navigation systems); the C4ISR Portion of the Off-shore Patrol Cutter (OPC) as well as many of the Communication, Sensor and Navigation systems procured using OE dollars.
CDR Nasitka is a licensed Professional Engineer (Electrical and Computer Engineering) in Virginia, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a DHS Level 3 Program Manager. He is also a licensed paramedic in Florida and Rhode Island, and a licensed CPR, First Aid, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructor.
His awards include the five Coast Guard Commendation Medals (w/ Operational distinguishing device), Coast Guard Achievement Medal (w/ Operational distinguishing device), a Commandant’s letter of Commendation (w/ Operational distinguishing device) Ribbon, two Military Outstanding Volunteer Service medal, and the permanent Cutterman’s pin. In 2013, he was selected as the DHS Requirements Engineer of the Year.