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 Sugimoto’s military awards include a two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, a Commandant’s 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.
Damage Control Senior Chief David Stephens enlisted in the Coast Guard in April of 1995. After attending basic training, Senior Chief Stephens was assigned to USCGC HAMILTON in San Pedro, CA. Following his first assignment, he attended Damage Control A-School in Yorktown, VA. Senior Chief Stephens has served aboard four cutters including USCGC HAMILTON, USCGC RED BIRCH, USCGC ESCANABA, and USCGC SENECA. His duty stations include Training Center Cape May, Afloat Training Group Norfolk, VA, and HSWL SC Norfolk. He reported aboard USCGC STRATTON in June of 2011. Senior Chief Stephens’ awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and three Commandant Letters of Commendation.