Commander D. K. Pickles, Alert's 24th Commanding Officer
Commander Daniel Pickles graduated with high honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1994 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, his first tour of duty was on board CGC BUTTONWOOD (WLB 306) in San Francisco, CA as a Deck Watch Officer and Navigator. In 1996, he was assigned to the Command and Control Engineering Center as part of the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) project. In 1998, he was selected for the CG Graduate Program and attended the University of Rhode Island where he earned a Masters of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Upon completing his MS degree in 1999, he reported to the Navigation Center in Alexandria, VA and worked as the Differential GPS Management Branch Chief overseeing the implementation, development and policy of the Coast Guard’s DGPS network. In 2001, CDR Pickles returned to sea as the Operations Officer on board CGC ALERT (WMEC 630) in Astoria, OR. In August of 2003, he assumed command of CGC BAINBRIDGE ISLAND (WPB 1343) in Sandy Hook, NJ.
In July 2005, CDR Pickles returned to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and served as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section until May 2009. Commander Pickles was most recently the Executive Officer of CGC MIDGETT (WHEC 726) in Seattle, WA.Commander Pickles’ military awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (2 awards), the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation ribbon bar and several other unit and service awards. Commander Pickles is a native of North Andover, MA
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.