CDR Brian Dudley, Commanding Officer
Commander Dudley, born and raised in Texas, graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY in 1995. His first assignment began as a marine inspector and plan review officer at Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay. Upon completion of three years of active duty, he joined the Selected Reserve where he was activated for two years, in response to the attacks on 9-11. He assisted in the development and execution of the Sea Marshal law enforcement vessel boarding program in the San Francisco Bay Area. His next tour was a two-year stint at the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center in Alameda, CA where he was assigned to the Fusion Watch Team. This tour was followed by assignment to Port Security Unit 312 in 2007 as the Operations Officer. CDR Dudley deployed to Kuwait in 2010 as the Operations Officer for Commander Task Group 56.5, a joint command formed with Navy Maritime Expeditionary Squadron Two. Upon demobilization, Commander Dudley was selected as the unitís Executive Officer, a position he has held since 2011.
In 1999, Commander Dudley earned a Master of Business Degree in Finance from California State University, Hayward. His corporate experience includes a variety of roles in finance & real estate at Barclays, Cisco Systems, Starbucks and currently Stryker, where he is a Sr. Finance Manager, providing finance and real estate support for the Western U.S.
His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal (two awards), the Port Security Unit insignia and numerous other service and unit awards. He resides in Austin, TX with his wife Jessica and two young children, Alice and James.
1. We are all part of a great organization rich in tradition, history and culture. Remember this each time you put your uniform on and wear it with pride.
2. Take care of your family, your subordinates and your equipment. When done effectively, everything else usually takes care of itself.
3. Take a genuine interest in the well-being and development of your subordinates. If you do not, they will quickly figure you out and you should expect the same in return. Earning and maintaining their loyalty will in itself become a force multiplier.
4. Do not compromise your integrity. Do what you know is right in the absence of guidance.
5. Timely communication via the chain of command is critical. Problems do not get better with time and need visibility in order to be properly addressed.
6. Perform your duties in a humble, professional manner. Focusing on a high level of performance will mold our reputation and lead to proper recognition.
7. Pick your battles, strive to make things better and maintain a sense of humor. Those who are flexible and resourceful will find themselves more successful in our organization than others.
8. Do all you can to eliminate surprises or put your supervisor in a compromising position. Keep your supervisor informed and provide a recommendation when presenting a complaint or problem.
9. Be objective and be consistent. There is no room for egos or agendas in our organization. Take your job seriously not yourself.
10. Maintain a laser focus on mission readiness. If the call came tomorrow, would you be ready?