Commander B.R. Anderson, Alert's 25th Commanding Officer
Commander Brian Anderson graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1996 with a degree in Management. He has accumulated more than eight years sea time in his career, having served as Executive Officer of USCGC VIGOROUS (WMEC 627) in Cape May, New Jersey; Commanding Officer of USCGC MUSTANG (WPB 1310) in Seward, Alaska; Operations Officer of USCGC DECISIVE (WMEC 629) in Pascagoula, Mississippi; and Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC COURAGEOUS (WMEC 622) previously homeported in Panama City Beach, Florida. Commander Anderson also served on the Cutter Forces Branch at Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, VA.
In January 2006, Commander Anderson earned a Masters Degree in Information Technology Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Following graduation, he was assigned as the Assistant Technical Manager for the $1 billion Rescue 21 Project, the Coast Guard’s largest ever information technology acquisition. In June 2008, he was promoted to the Technical Manager role for the project.
In his previous assignment as Chief of C4IT Systems Branch at Atlantic Area, Commander Anderson was responsible for policy, requirements, plans and management of C4IT systems for Coast Guard Districts, Sectors, Cutters, Command Centers, and Deployable Specialized Forces. Most notable were his contributions in prioritizing and restoring critical communication and network circuits to facilitate mission accomplishment following the destructive path of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Chief Food Service Specialist M. D. Kelly, Command Chief
Command Chief Food Service Specialist, Michael Kelly assumed the duties of ALERT’s Command Chief on the 5th of March, 2010. Chief Kelly enlisted in the Coast Guard in October of 1989, and upon graduation from boot camp, received orders to USCGC MUNRO (WHEC-724) home ported in Alameda CA. He departed the USCGC MUNRO with orders to Subsistence Specialist “A” school and returned to the MUNRO as a SNSS upon graduation.
While serving onboard the MUNRO, he advanced to SS2 and served as the “Commanding Officers Cook” for two Commanding Officers. In August of 1993, he reported in as Independent Duty SS/FS onboard USCGC POINT HOBART (WPB-82377), out of Oceanside, CA. In 1995, after completing his tour aboard POINT HOBART, FS2 Kelly received orders to USCG Station Yaquina Bay, in Newport, OR. In 1998 he advanced to FS1 and transferred to USUSCGC IRONWOOD (WLB-297) home ported in Kodiak, AK, where he filled the position of Food Service Officer. Upon the decommissioning of the IRONWOOD in 2001, FS1 Kelly transferred to the USCGC STEADFAST (WMEC-623), home ported in Astoria, OR.
Shortly after reporting onboard the STEADFAST he advanced to Chief Petty Officer. Food Services Specialist Chief Kelly, remained onboard the STEADFAST filling the Food Service Officer position until 2005. After his tour onboard the USUSCGC STEADFAST, FSC transferred to USCG Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, WA, where he filled the Food Service Officer Position. FSC Kelly currently serves aboard USCGC ALERT (WMEC-630) as the Food Service Officer, Support Division Chief and Command Chief. Chief Kelly is a graduate of Chief Petty Officer’s Academy and his personal decorations include the Permanent Cutterman designation, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, 7 Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, and 5 Sea Service Ribbons. Chief Kelly is a native of Escondido, California.