The Commanding Officer (CO) is Captain George Pellissier. Captain Pellissier assumed command of POLAR STAR in July 2011. As CO, Captain Pellissier is responsible for the overall safety of the ship and crew, as well as the successful completion of POLAR STAR's assigned missions.
Captain Pellissier’s previous assignment was Commanding Officer of the Naval Engineering Support Unit in Miami. He is a native of Monson, Mass., and a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, earning a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He holds two Master’s Degrees from the University of Michigan, in Marine Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Additionally, he holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master Mariner’s license and is a certified scuba diving instructor.
Capt. Pellissier’s awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Arctic Service Medals and two Antarctic Service Medals.