Hailing from Mobile, Alabama (Roll Tide!), Commander Phillip Crigler graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Environmental Science.
Upon Commissioning, CDR Crigler was assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) STEADFAST out of Astoria, Oregon, where he served as Deck Watch Officer and Weapons Officer.
Additional afloat tours include Supply Officer Pre-Commissioning Detachment and USCGC DECISIVE, out of Pascagoula MS; Executive Officer USCGC GALVESTON ISLAND, out of Guam; Commanding Officer USCGC NAUSHON, out of Ketchikan Alaska; and Executive Officer USCGC DECISIVE, out of Pascagoula MS. He has over nine years of sea service and conducted Coast Guard operations all over the world including the waters of the Philippine Sea, Gulf of Alaska, U.S. West Coast from Washington to Southern California, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.
Commander Crigler’s shore experience includes assignment as Coast Guard Liaison to Afloat Training Group Norfolk Virginia, where he was responsible for training and certifying USCG Cutters to safely conduct operations and included preparing the crews for the initial deployment of USCG Patrol Boats to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served at Coast Guard Headquarters in the Deputy Commandant for Operations Budget Development Office (DCO-821) where he developed operational budgets and drafted congressional justifications for new cutters, airplanes, and technology acquired through the USCG Deepwater acquisition program. New budgets included the National Security Cutter, Fast Response Cutter, and Casa HC-144 aircraft.
CDR Crigler’s most recent assignment was Coast Guard Liaison to the U.S. Navy’s THIRD Fleet Command in San Diego, California. In addition to advising the THIRD Fleet Commander in all matters regarding Coast Guard operations, as Coast Guard Pacific Area’s liaison he was responsible for directing Maritime Homeland Defense and Homeland Security operational planning for exercises and real world operations.