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North Charleston, South Carolina 29405




MKCS Patrick T. Poponea
Command Senior Chief
Charleston, South Carolina

Senior Chief Poponea graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan earning a Bachelor of Science in Television Production in 1992.  He entered the Coast Guard through the Recruit Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey in 1993.

Senior Chief Poponea reported aboard as the Main Propulsion Senior Chief following assignment to Commander Task Group 55.6 in Manama, Bahrain as Assistant Engineer Officer, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia.  In this role he provided engineering assistance supporting commander to U.S. Naval Central Command / U.S. Fifth Fleet / Combined Maritime Forces for Maritime Security Operations, Maritime Interdiction Operations and Critical Infrastructure Protection in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  Six U.S. Coast Guard 110 foot Island Class Patrol Boats were assigned to the task group conducting patrols throughout the Arabian Gulf.

As a permanent cutterman his experience afloat started with his second assignment as an engineer aboard CGC Point Batan home ported at Cape May, NJ.  Additional afloat assignments include: MK2 aboard CGC Baranof in Miami Beach, FL; and Engineer Petty Officer of CGC Key Biscayne in St. Petersburg, FL.

Shore assignments include Station Miami Beach, FL; Engineering Department of USCG Group Grand Haven in Grand Haven Michigan; Team Leader at USCG Maintenance Augmentation Team in St. Petersburg, Florida; Engineer Petty Officer and Patrol Commander at USCG Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay in St. Marys, Georgia.

Senior Chief Poponea’s personal awards include the Commendation Medal, 5 Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and numerous service and unit awards.

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Commanding Officer
ATTN: (SN Jane Smith)
1050 Register Street
North Charleston, SC 29405

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