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.
CGC Alert Command Chief
Chief Electricians Mate Raymundo Santillan assumed the duties of ALERT’s Command Chief on the 28th of April, 2014. Chief Santillan enlisted in the Coast Guard in June of 1998 and upon graduation from boot camp, he received orders to USCGC MORGENTHAU (WHEC-722) which was previously home ported in Alameda, CA. He departed USCGC MORGENTHAU in December of 1999 with orders to Electrician’s Mate “A” school. Finishing top of his class, Honor Graduate EM3 Santillan chose MAT DET ST.PETERSBURG as his next unit.
While serving at MAT DET ST.PETERSBURG he conducted quarterly preventative maintenance on seven 210’ WMEC’s and four 110’ WPB’s from Texas to Florida. He advanced to EM2 and in June of 2004 he reported to USCGC CHASE (WHEC-718) out of San Diego, CA. In 2007, after advancing and completing his tour aboard CHASE, EM1 Santillan received independent duty orders to USCGC CHANDELUER (WPB- 1319) home ported in Key West, Fl. During a patrol boat hull swap in 2008, EM1 become the Assistant Engineering Petty Officer on USCGC KNIGHT ISLAND (WPB- 1348). In 2009 he transferred to Small Boat Station Ft. Pierce, FL. where he was responsible for facility and boat electrical maintenance. While there he took on multiple collateral duties including CG Auxiliary Liaison, a critical link between the Station, Sector Miami, and over 300 AUX members spread throughout 4 counties. His hard work within the community led to multiple food and clothes drives for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Through the Partnership in Education program he established a working relationship with Weatherbee Elementry School. He created a water safety program in which he taught the entire student body and supplemented the school’s student of the month program by creating a unique certificate recognizing over 40 children monthly.
In June 2013 after completing his tour and advancing to EMC, he
transferred to USCGC ALERT (WMEC- 630) where he currently serves as the
Electrician Chief overseeing EM’s, ET’s, and DC’s. Chief Santillan is a
graduate of Chief Petty Officer’s Academy and his personal decorations
include the Permanent Cutterman designation, 4 Coast Guard Achievement
Medal’s, 2 Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbons, 3 Meritorious Team
Commendation ribbons, 2 Commandant’s Letter of Commendations, 5 Coast Guard
Good Conduct Medals, and 3 Sea Service Ribbons. Chief Santillan is a native
of Burbank, California.