Darran J. McLenon
Hailing from Monroe, Michigan,
Commander Darran McLenon graduated from the United States Coast Guard
Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.
Upon commissioning, CDR
McLenon was assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) ALERT out of Cape May, New
Jersey, where he served as Deck Watch Officer and
Weapons Officer. He crossed over
to the USCGC VIGOROUS in 1992 and assumed the duties of First Lieutenant.
Additional afloat tours include Executive Officer aboard USCGC
CHINCOTEAGUE, out of Mobile,
Alabama, Commanding Officer of USCGC BLOCK
ISLAND, out of Atlantic Beach,
North Carolina, and Executive Officer of USCGC DAUNTLESS out of Galveston, Texas.
He has served over eight years at sea with exceptional crews;
conducting migrant interdiction, fisheries, search and rescue, counter-drug,
and national defense missions in the western Atlantic, Florida
Straits, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.
experience ashore includes a tour in the Eight Guard District at the
Houston/Galveston Vessel Traffic Service as a Watch Supervisor and
Operations Officer. Responsible
for the safe passage of maritime traffic within the Houston Ship Channel, Galveston Bay
and Intracoastal Waterway, Commander
McLenon liaised with local pilot, tug and barge associations, shipping
agencies and myriad commercial entities on a daily basis.
He served at Coast Guard Headquarters as Assistance Branch Chief,
within the Office of Budget Execution for the Operations Directorate.
In this position, Commander McLenon assisted with the formulation and
execution of the Coast Guard’s operational budget.
Most recently, he served as the Chief, Comptroller and Personnel
Support at Training Center Yorktown, responsible for the unit’s Budget and
Accounting, Logistics and Supply, Morale, Well-Being and Recreation
Sections, as well as the Personnel Support Branch – all support entities for
the Coast Guard’s largest Training Center.
Commander McLenon earned his Master’s Degree from the
of Baltimore in
Business Administration. His
personal awards include three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast
Guard Achievement Medals and one Coast Guard Commandant Letter of