Captain Edward A. Westfall
United States Coast Guard
Captain Westfall is a Permanent Cutterman with eight prior cutter tours of duty, including prior command of USCGC’s ESCANABA, ASPEN, WILLIAM TATE, and RED CEDAR. Captain Westfall most recently served as the Arctic Strategy Branch Chief for U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. In this role, he served as part of the Department of Defense team developing national-level Arctic strategy, which he them implemented with European Arctic and Arctic-interested countries.
Captain Westfall is experienced in international engagement, joint duty, and interagency cooperation. He has worked at sea with maritime forces from throughout the western hemisphere as well as Europe. In his assignments ashore, he has served as the Assistant Coast Guard Attaché in Mexico City, the Surface Operations Officer at Joint Interagency Task Force West, and as the Assistant Chief of the Fifth Coast Guard District Waterways Management Section. Captain Westfall has also deployed as part of a law enforcement team aboard U.S. Navy ships patrolling in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and as a member of a liaison team to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Mid-Atlantic region. Captain Westfall also travelled to Burma in 2012 as part of a National War College field study. This engagement was the first of its type in over 25 years and provided a unique glimpse into that country’s democratic transition.
Captain Westfall enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1985 and attended Officer Candidate School as a Chief Petty Officer, receiving his commission in September 1991. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, a Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University, and he received his Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York. He also completed the Naval War College Command and Staff distance education program.
Captain Westfall’s decorations include three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Commandant's Letter of Commendation, two Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, unit awards and commendations, service ribbons, and the Basic Training Honor Graduate Award. He has also received the Naval Distinction Award from the Secretary of the Mexican Navy.