Assignment to PSU 311
Lieutenant Commander David J. Cripe assumed the duties as Executive Officer for Port Security Unit 311 on October 16, 2015. PSU 311 is an expeditionary unit responsible for providing port security in support of military or humanitarian operations worldwide, ready to deploy within 96 hours of notification and establishing sustained operations within 24 hours.
LCDR Cripe enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 2002 and received his commissioned in 2003. He has a Master of Science in Biological Sciences from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The Master’s College.
LCDR Cripe’s previous assignments have included: Engineer Officer and Shoreside Security Officer at Port Security Unit 312; Reserve Enforcement Chief at Sector San Francisco; Maritime Homeland Security and Defense Planner at Pacific Area; Reserve Sector Boarding Team Chief at Sector San Francisco; Operations Duty Officer at Group San Francisco; SAR Boat Crew member at Station Monterey; and Pollution Investigator, Facility Inspector and Container Inspector as a Marine Safety Technician at Marine Safety Office San Francisco. LCDR Cripe also served as a Planning Section Chief for the Pacific Area Incident Management Assist Team and has deployed in support of Cosco Busan oil spill, Hurricane Ike, Dubai Star oil spill, Tropical Storm Felicia, Haiti Earthquake and Hurricane Sandy. As a civilian, LCDR Cripe works as a Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner for USCG Sector San Francisco and is the Director of the Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber.
His military awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze Hourglass, National Defense Service Medal, Volunteer Service Medal, as well as multiple unit and campaign awards. He has earned the Port Security Unit, Boat Forces and Marine Safety insignias; and was selected as the 2008 Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year.