USCGC Mellon (WHEC 717)
Commander Christofer L. German is a native of Wendell, Idaho. He graduated with Honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1996, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine and Environmental Science. He subsequently earned a Master of Marine Affairs Degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2006.
Shortly after being commissioned as an Ensign, he reported aboard the 210-foot medium endurance cutter ALERT (WMEC 630) in Astoria, OR to serve as a Deck Watch Officer, Weapons Officer, and First Lieutenant. Commander German also served as Commanding Officer and Executive Officer in the 110-foot patrol boat ORCAS (WPB 1327) in Coos Bay, OR, and as Executive Officer in the 210-foot medium endurance cutter STEADFAST (WMEC 623) in Astoria, OR.
Commander German's staff assignments include Deputy Chief of the 11th Coast Guard District Office of Law Enforcement where he directed all Coast Guard law enforcement, fisheries, and Homeland Security matters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from the Oregon-California border to Peru. Additionally, he served tours as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement in Silver Spring, MD, as the Pacific Fisheries Officer at Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Law Enforcement (CG-531) in Washington, DC, and as the Senior Search and Rescue Controller and Command Duty Officer at the Coast Guard 13th Coast Guard District Command Center in Seattle, WA.
Commander German's personal awards include one Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and various other unit and service awards.
Commander German is married to the former Jennifer Smith, a native of Dell Rapids, SD, and they have two children, Keegan and Wyatt.