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Port Security Unit 309

Port Clinton, OH


Executive Officer

Lieutenant Commander Karl Hansen
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LCDR Hansen serves as the Executive Officer of Port Security Unit 309, in Port Clinton, OH. He was commissioned in 1993 after graduating from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government (Honors).

In May of 1993, LCDR Hansen was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter SPAR in South Portland, ME where he served as a deck watch officer and as the Operations Officer. LCDR Hansen served on SPAR during its 1994 deployment in support of Operation ABLE VIGIL, a mass exodus of Cuban refugees. In July of 1995, LCDR Hansen was assigned to the First Coast Guard District, Aids to Navigation and Waterways Management Branch where he served as the Budget Officer, as a waterways planner, and as a member of the Ready for Sea Certification Team for the JUNIPER and IDA LEWIS class buoy tenders.

In 1999, LCDR Hansen left active duty and reported in to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Career Development Divisionís, Basic Inspector Training Class 99-04.

In May of 2000, LCDR Hansen accepted a commission in the Coast Guard Reserve and was assigned to Coast Guard Cutter BRAMBLE in Port Huron, MI. In June 2002, he was transferred to Marine Safety Office Detroit where he was recalled to active duty for six months in support of Operation Noble Eagle. LCDR Hansen completed a follow-on tour at Coast Guard Sector Detroit where he achieved the Marine Casualty Investigating Officer qualification, one of the few Coast Guard Reservists to have done so.

Prior to his selection as the Executive Officer at PSU 309, LCDR Hansen served as PSU 309ís Operations Officer where he oversaw the unitís deployment in support of the 2009 Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, and served as Future Operations Officer, Commander, Task Group 56.5 during PSU 309ís deployment to Kuwait in 2012. LCDR Hansenís courses include the Marine Safety Investigating Officer Course; the Boat Forces Command Cadre Course; the Joint Forces Staff College, Homeland Security Plannerís Course; and the Senior Leadership Principles and Skills Course.

LCDR Hansenís Military awards include a Coast Guard Commendation Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal with Operational Distinguishing Device, a Commandantís Letter of Commendation Ribbon, the Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon and numerous other unit and campaign awards. LCDR Hansen has qualified to wear the Port Security Insignia, and the Boat Forces Pewter Insignia (temporary).

As a U.S. Postal Inspector in his civilian job, LCDR Hansen has worked a variety of white collar and supervisory assignments, specializing in cyber crime.

LCDR Hansen and his wife of ten years are the proud parents of three young children: two sons and a daughter.

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USCG Port Security Unit 309
Erie Industrial Park, Bldg 360
Port Clinton, OH 43452

PHONE NUMBER (419) 635-4462

FAX NUMBER (419) 635-2608

Last Modified 1/20/2013