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Captain Edward A. Westfall

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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.

Previous Commanding Officers

Service Dates Name
1968 - 1970 Robert A. Schulz, CAPT
1970 - 1972 Roy K. Angell, CAPT
1972 - 1973 Frederick J. Lessing, CAPT
1973 - 1974 Robert J. Hanson, CAPT
1974 - 1976 John C. Guthrie, Jr., CAPT
1976 - 1978 Richard T. Brower, CAPT
1978 - 1980 John P. Flaherty, CAPT
1980 - 1982 Leroy G. Krumm, CAPT
1982 - 1983 Peter A. Joseph, CAPT
1983 - 1985 John C. Trainor, CAPT
1985 - 1987 Leo N. Schowengerdt, CAPT
1987 - 1989 Cecil W. Allison, CAPT
1990 - 1991 Stanley Winslow, CAPT
1991 - 1993 Donald R. Grosse, CAPT
1993 - 1994 James J. Shaw, CAPT
1994 - 1996 Terry W. Newell, CAPT
1996 - 1998 Kenneth A. Ward, CAPT
1998 - 2000 Herbert H. "Chip" Sharpe, CAPT
2000 - 2002 Beverly G. Kelley, CAPT
2002 - 2004 Scott D. Genovese, CAPT
2004 - 2006 Lance L. Bardo, CAPT
2006 - 2008 Peter J. Brown, RDML
2008 - 2010 Kevin J. Cavanaugh, CAPT
2010 - 2011 Thomas E. Crabbs, CAPT
2011 - 2012 Matthew J. Gimple, CAPT
2012 - 2014 Jim L. Munro, CAPT
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