Captain Cashin currently serves as the Commanding Officer and is a member of the commissioning crew of Coast Guard Cutter STRATTON. STRATTON is the third of eight planned National Security Cutters, a class of cutter which is the centerpiece of the Coast Guard’s fleet and capable of extended, worldwide deployment in support of homeland security and defense missions.
Captain Cashin is a native of Chelmsford, Massachusetts and has served aboard seven cutters, commanding three of them. Conducting operations across the globe, Captain Cashin has experience with every Coast Guard mission including law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and defense operations. These efforts are highlighted by security operations protecting the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Terminal at Valdez following the attacks of September 11th, deployments to the Far-East in support of United Nations’ conventions and the Middle-East conducting counter-piracy, narcotics and terrorism operations.
Captain Cashin specializes in national policy with a focus toward counterterrorism, homeland and cyber security. Prior to STRATTON, Captain Cashin served as Vice President Biden’s Special Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. In this capacity, Captain Cashin collaborated across the Intelligence Community and Interagency to provide Executive Leadership with timely counsel and policy recommendations for issues both foreign and domestic. Prior to serving in the White House, Captain Cashin served as the Director of the Coast Guard’s National Command Center located in Washington, DC. Previous assignments also include duty as the Chief of the Office of Mission Analysis, Chief of Operations for Marine Safety Office/Group Los Angeles-Long Beach and Engineer Officer, Integrated Support Command San Pedro.
Captain Cashin is a 1988 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.
Captain Cashin, his wife Kathleen and daughter Chelsea reside in the San Francisco Bay area.
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.