Patrol Forces South West Asia


Commanding Officer

Photo Image LT Kirk Fistick CO

Lieutenant Kirk C Fistick, a native of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, graduated from American University in 2001 with degrees in International Studies and Economics. A licensed merchant mariner, Lieutenant Fistick served as master of the Maryland Skipjack Minnie V. for the Living Classrooms Foundation before attending Officer Candidate School in 2004. His career began as a Deck Watch Officer, Boarding Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, First Lieutenant, and Communications Officer aboard USCGC Mohawk (WMEC 913) in Key West, FL.

LT Fistick was next assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters as Surface Training Evaluator in the Office of Human Systems Integration for Acquisitions from 2006 until 2009. He helped develop and manage the training program for the Coast Guard's new 418-foot National Security Cutter. His follow-on sea tour was as Operations Officer of USCGC ACUSHNET (WMEC 167) in Ketchikan, AK from 2009 until 2011. Most recently he was assigned to Afloat Training Group San Diego as the Coast Guard Liason Officer and as Executive Officer to the Coast Guard Afloat Group Pacific managing two detached Coast Guard offices in Everett and Honolulu.

LT Fistick holds three graduate degrees; a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Project Management from University of Maryland, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College.

Lieutenant Fistick is married to Carrie Clemmer of Audubon, PA. They have one child, Tenley Anna.

Executive Officer

PATFORSWA Photo Image LTJG Katie Spira XO

Lieutenant Junior Grade Katie Spira, a native of Sanger, Texas, graduated the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2011 with honors in Mechanical Engineering. Her career began as a Student Engineer, Deck Watch Officer, Damage Control Assistant, and Boarding Officer aboard USCGC MOHAWK (WMEC 913). Upon leaving USCGC MOHAWK in 2013 she began her current assignment as Executive Officer of USCGC ADAK (WPB 1333).

Command Chief

Chief Anchor Photo Image MKC Robert Cummins

Chief Petty Officer Robert Cummins, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; graduated U.S. Coast Guard Basic Training January of 1991. Upon graduating Basic Training MKC Cummins was assigned to USCGC MELLON (WHEC-717), home ported in Seattle Washington. After completion of Machinery Technician "A" School in Yorktown, Virginia, MKC Cummins was assigned to MSO/Group Philadelphia's Boat Operations Department. MKC Cummins' other assignments included USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC-726) home ported in Seattle, Washington, USCG Atlantic Strike located on Fort Dix, New Jersey, Air Station Atlantic City, and Station Philadelphia where he served as the Engineer Petty Officer.

Most recently MKC Cummins served aboard USCGC VIGOROUS (WMEC-627) home ported in Cape May, New Jersey where he serve as the Main Propulsion Chief and Command Chief.

MKC Cummins currently serves onboard CGC ADAK as the Engineer Petty Officer and oversees Damage Control training and overall operation of the engineering plant.

Chief Cummins is married to Lisa Schalich also of Philadelphia.

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