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Commanding Officer

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Andrew M. Sugimoto

Captain, United States Coast Guard
Commanding Officer, U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752)

Captain Andrew Sugimoto most recently served as Chief, Incident Management Branch of the Ninth Coast Guard District, which spans the five Great Lakes, Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states, including 1,500 miles of international border. He is responsible for safely prosecuting Search and Rescue cases and responding to all operational incidents which occur within the District.

CAPT Sugimoto graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. He graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2002 and was conferred a Juris Doctorate.

Afloat assignments included serving as Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Cutter ACUSHNET, Ketchikan, AK; and Coast Guard Cutter TYBEE, San Diego, CA. CAPT Sugimoto also served as Executive Officer in Coast Guard Cutter CHASE, San Diego, CA, Coast Guard Cutter MONOMOY, Woods Hole, MA and Deck Watch Officer in Coast Guard Cutter SHERMAN home ported in Alameda, CA.

Staff and ashore assignments have included: Staff Judge Advocate for the Ninth Coast Guard District, Cleveland OH; practiced Operational Law, Military Justice and Legal Assistance for the Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific, Alameda, CA and stood watch as Command Duty Officer for the Eleventh Coast Guard District in Long Beach CA and the PACAREA Command Center in Alameda CA.

Captain Sugimotoís military awards include a two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, a Commandantís Letter of Commendation, and several other unit awards. CAPT Sugimoto has over ten years sea time.

Captain Sugimoto is a native of Huntington Beach, CA and is married to the former Lori Bowker of Los Angeles CA. They have two children, Tyler and Matthew.


Executive Officer

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Marc Brandt

Commander, United States Coast Guard
Executive Officer, U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752)

CDR Marc Brandt is a native of Exeter, California and graduated in 1998 from the Coast Guard Academy, where he majored in Management.

His first tour was aboard USCGC SEDGE, in Homer, Alaska. SEDGE's aids to navigation area of responsibility covered a large portion of South-Central Alaska: Cook Inlet, the Kenai Peninsula, and the northern coast of Kodiak Island.

His first tour was aboard USCGC SEDGE, in Homer, Alaska. SEDGE's aids to navigation area of responsibility covered a large portion of South-Central Alaska: Cook Inlet, the Kenai Peninsula, and the northern coast of Kodiak Island.

Participating in the Navy Officer Exchange Program, his second assignment was Navigator aboard USS ANTIETAM, in San Diego, California. ANTIETAM, a Guided Missile Cruiser, made two deployments during the tour: An Eastern Pacific Counter-Narcotics Deployment with a USCG LEDET off Central America; and a Western Pacific Deployment with the USS CARL VINSON Battle Group in the Arabian Gulf from July 2001 to January 2002. In addition to being ANTIETAMís Navigator, he was also the Command Legal Officer and qualified as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer.

After completing two years with the Navy, he served as the Commanding Officer aboard USCGC STINGRAY in Mobile, Alabama. STINGRAYís non-Search and Rescue operating hours were divided between Maritime Security and Living Marine Resources Law Enforcement. The MARSEC missions involved considerable underway time navigating within the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway which complemented the patrol hours spent in the Gulf of Mexico enforcing closed fishery reserves and commercial fisheries regulations.

He came ashore to attend the Joint Military Intelligence College and earn a Masters of Science in Strategic Intelligence in 2005. His thesis focused on the proposed intelligence capability aboard the new Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL) class of cutters. Following his graduate work, he was assigned as the Deepwater Intelligence Sponsor Liaison and WMSL intelligence capability project officer.

Following completion of the assignment within the WMSL Project Office, he reported aboard USCGC NORTHLAND in Portsmouth, Virginia as the Executive Officer. In addition to the normal LANTAREA Counter Drug, Living Marine Resources, and Alien Migrant Interdiction patrols; NORTHLAND underwent an 11-month Mission Effectiveness Project that permitted him the opportunity to complete two crew swaps and perform as the Executive Officer aboard USCGC LEGARE and USCGC SPENCER as well. During this assignment he also completed the training and experience requirements to become a licensed 200-ton Master.

Most recently he served within the Office of Budget and Programs as the Program Reviewer responsible for review of Aviation Acquisition, Construction & Improvement (AC&I) programs, totaling $5-billion in funding.

CDR Brandt and his wife, Andrea, were married two weeks after Academy graduation. They have one son.


Command Senior Chief

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Michelle Gallant

Chief Boatswain Mate, United States Coast Guard
Command Chief, U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752)

Chief Boatswain's Mate Michelle Gallant assumed the duties of Command Chief aboard USCGC STRATTON on February 23, 2015. She completed basic training in February 1996. Her units include USCGC DALLAS, Station Portsmouth, USCGC COHO, ANT San Francisco, USCGC OSPREY, Station New York, Station San Francisco, Training Team West and Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center. She reported aboard USCGC STRATTON in June of 2014. Chief Gallant's awards include the Army Commendation Medal, 4 Achievement Medals, 2 Commandant Letters of Commendation and other personal and service awards. She has earned her permanent Cutterman, Coxswain, and Port Security insignias. Chief Gallant is a graduate of Class 156 of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy and is attending Columbia College for her Bachelor of Arts in General Studies with a Elementary Teaching Certification.

Last Modified 4/13/2015