US Coast Guard Yard
Captain George Lesher assumed command of the Coast Guard Yard on June 7, 2013. He is the 41st Commanding Officer in the 114-year history of the shipyard. The Captain was the Yard's Industrial Manager from 2011 to 2013.
Captain Lesher came to Baltimore from the Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) DEPENDABLE (WMEC-626), where he served as Commanding Officer from 2009 to 2011. During this period, DEPENDABLE conducted law enforcement operations from the Canadian border to South America, completing more boardings than any other major Coast Guard cutter.
The Captain's first shipboard assignment was Damage Control Assistant on CGC GALLATIN (WHEC-721), then stationed at Governor’s Island, NY. This tour was followed by consecutive assignments as Engineer Officer of CGC ESCAPE (WMEC-6) in Charleston, SC, and CGC NORTHLAND (WMEC-904) in Portsmouth, VA. In 1997, the Coast Guard assigned Captain Lesher to the 270’ WMEC Type Desk at the Maintenance and Logistics Command in Norfolk, VA. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Executive Officer of CGC FORWARD (WMEC-911), stationed in Portsmouth, VA. This assignment was followed by a tour as the National Security Cutter Platform Manager in Baltimore, MD. In 2007, Captain Lesher served as Executive Officer of the pre-commissioning crew for CGC WAESCHE (WMSL-751), stationed in Alameda, CA.
Captain Lesher is a 1990 graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. After his undergraduate education, Captain Lesher entered the Coast Guard as a Direct Commission Engineer, reporting for duty as a port engineer at the Naval Engineering Support Unit, Cleveland, OH.
Captain Lesher was awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals (with Operational Distinguishing Device), an Achievement Medal (with Operational Distinguishing Device), and several unit awards.