Christopher A Gale
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
Office of Cutter Forces (CG-751)
2100 Second Street SW STOP 7357
Washington, DC 20593-7357
Chris Gale is Administration, Policy, and Standards Division Chief in the Office of Cutter Forces at the United States Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Lieutenant Commander Gale is a native of Old Bridge, New Jersey and a 1994 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. After graduation, he reported aboard USCGC MOHAWK (WMEC 913) as Deck Watch Officer, serving at various times as CIC Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and First Lieutenant. In 1996, LCDR Gale reported to USCGC HAMILTON (WHEC 715) in Long Beach, CA, as Weapons Officer. While assigned he participated in Exercise Foal Eagle '96, during which HAMILTON trained with the 7th Fleet in the Sea of Japan. In 1998, he reported to USCGC MORGENTHAU (WHEC 722), in Alameda, CA, as Operations Officer. After MORGENTHAU was diverted from a JIATF West patrol to conduct AMIO operations in CG Marianas Section, he coordinated an unplanned 3,000nm transit from the Gulf of Tehuantepec to Guam, and days later coordinated the detention and transfer ashore of over 100 undocumented Chinese migrants. In July 1999, LCDR Gale reported to the staff of Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, for duty as a Command Duty Officer. As a watchstander in the Pacific Area / 11th District Command Center, he participated in the Coast Guard's response to the crash at sea of Alaska Airlines Flight #261, and later in the response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. In June 2002, LCDR Gale reported to USCGC ASSATEAGUE (WPB 1337), in Honolulu, Hawaii, as Commanding Officer. In response to 9/11 and later to the SARS epidemic in Southeast Asia, he oversaw nearly 100 homeland security boardings. In addition, he participated in the search for and ultimately located a 49 year-old windsurfer adrift overnight west of Maui. In July 2004, LCDR Gale reported as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While assigned he earned a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. After serving with the navy for two years, in June 2006 he reported to USCGC ESCANABA (WMEC 907), in Boston, MA, as Executive Officer. In August 2008, Lieutenant Commander Gale reported to Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Cutter Forces.