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2015 USCGA Ethics Forum Session Speakers
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Mr. Calvin Lederer (Deputy Judge Advocate General U.S. Coast Guard)

Mr. Cal Lederer was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and became Deputy Chief Counsel of the Coast Guard on June 2, 2002. The Secretary of Homeland Security designated him as Deputy Judge Advocate General when the Coast Guard became part of the Department of Homeland Security in March 2003. He advises the leadership of the Coast Guard concerning maritime and international law, claims and litigation, environmental law, general law, legislation, military justice, procurement law, and regulatory and administrative law. In addition to directing over 130 professional staff, including more than 100 judge advocates and civilian counsel in Washington, he supports field legal activities and manages the Coast Guard’s Legal Program. In 2006, the Commandant appointed Mr. Lederer to serve with him and several other senior leaders on the Coast Guard Leadership Council which is the Service’s principal governance body.

Mr. Lederer came to the Coast Guard from the U.S. Army where he served as the Army's Chief Legal Counsel, Chief Environmental Counsel, Chief Labor and Employment Law Counsel, and Chief of Staff The Judge Advocate General. He defended Department of Defense programs and policies in the Federal courts early in his career, and, more recently, served as Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. In addition to a number of field assignments in the United States and overseas, including Staff Judge Advocate for V Corps and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 25th Infantry Division, he served as Commandant and Professor of Law at The Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mr. Lederer is a graduate of New York University, Hofstra University School of Law, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and The Judge Advocate General's School. He also served as a Senior Service College Fellow.

Mr. Lederer has received two Presidential Rank Awards, and was named Presidential Distinguished Executive in 2008 and a Presidential Meritorious Executive in 2006. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit, receiving each four times, and the Distinguished Service Medal. In addition to the bars of New York and New Jersey, he is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the 5th, 7th, and 9th Circuits; and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Major Louis Fusaro (Director of the Connecticut Office of Counterterrorism)

Major Louis "L. J." Fusaro, Jr. is the Director the Office of Counterterrorism within the Division of Emergency Management of homeland Security as well as the Commanding Officer of the Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit (ESU) and. In these capacities he serves as the Director of the Connecticut Intelligence Center (CTIC) and Office of Counterterrorism, while also overseeing the activities of the State Police Tactical Unit (SWAT), Crisis Negotiators, Bomb Squad, Fire Marshal Unit, Traffic Services Unit, Dive Team, Aviation Section, K-9 Unit, Paramedics and the Mass Transit Security Team.

Major Fusaro’s responsibilities include serving as the tactical commander for high-risk warrant services, various critical incidents and he supervises high risk situations where E.S.U. personnel are employed. In addition, he is involved in several Homeland Security initiatives to include Port Security, Millstone Nuclear Power Station Security Working Group, and he represents the Connecticut State Police as a member of the New York City Police Department’s "Secure the Cities" Program. Major Fusaro is also responsible for coordinating E.S.U. efforts associated with dignitary protection up to and including Presidential visits to Connecticut.

Major Fusaro also concurrently serves as the Director of the Office of Counterterrorism within the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. In this capacity, he serves as the Fusion Center Director and directs the activities and personnel assigned to the Connecticut Intelligence Center, Critical Infrastructure Unit, and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. Major Fusaro also serves on several national boards including the Executive Board of the National Fusion Center Association, Co-director of the Northeast Regional Intelligence Group, and member of the Homeland Security Information Network’s Intelligence Executive Board.

Major Fusaro has had a variety of previous field command assignments which include Troop K in Colchester, Troop E in Montville, the Casino Operations and Licensing Unit, and the Eastern District Major Crime Squad. Prior to his current assignment, Major Fusaro served as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Eastern District, which consists of four State Police Troops, the Casino Unit, and the Eastern District Major Crime Squad. He has also served as a Staff Instructor, and later, Recruit Coordinator at the State Police Training Academy as well as the Resident Trooper Supervisor. Major Fusaro has received numerous departmental commendations and awards throughout his career.

Major Fusaro holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the U. S. Secret Service Dignity Protection Seminar, and the Naval Postgraduate School / Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Fusion Center Leader’s Program.

Master Chief Dale Steinmetz (D1 CMC)

Master Chief Steinmetz assumed his duties as the Command Master Chief for the 1st Coast Guard District on August 15, 2013. As the senior enlisted advisor to the District Commander, Master Chief provides advice on workforce policies, is the senior enlisted mentor, and acts as a sounding board for select administrative actions and initiatives relative to the day to day operations of units throughout the 1st District and their impact on the work force. Master Chief Steinmetz travels throughout the District visiting units, meeting with crews, observing operational evolutions, and communicating with Coast Guardsmen and their families.

Master Chief Steinmetz’s previous assignments include Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Cutter WAHOO, Port Angeles, WA; Officer in Charge Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead Woods Hole, Massachusetts; Officer in Charge Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo Port Angeles, Washington; Officer in Charge Coast Guard Cutter Osprey Port Townsend, Washington; Executive Petty Officer Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk Port Angeles, Washington; Aids to Navigation Training Team Chief Juneau Alaska; Executive Petty Officer ANT Green Bay Wisconsin; 1st LT Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk Port Angeles, Washington; Master Chief Steinmetz served onboard Coast Guard Cutter Nauson and served as crewman at Coast Guard Station Channel Island Harbor, Umpqua River, and Ketchikan.

Master Chief Steinmetz, is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy, Class L (October 1998), Coast Guard Senior Leadership Course (August 2012). Master Chief Steinmetz holds a Master 100 to Commercial Mariners License. Master Chief is attending American Military University and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Homeland Security.

Master Chief Steinmetz’s personal awards include four Cost Guard Commendation Medals with the Operational Distinguishing Devise, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, two Commandant Letter of Commendation ribbons, nine Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, and Coast Guard Basic Training Honor Graduate. Master Chief Steinmetz has earned his Command Afloat Device. Master Chief Steinmetz hails from Bloomer, WI, and is married to the former Gina Gardner and has two children, Michelle Johnson Ridle, and Nicholas Steinmetz.

Mr. Michael Tougias (Published Author)

Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author of 18 books. His book Fatal Forecast: An Incredible Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a breathtaking book – Tougias spins a marvelous and terrifying yarn.”

He also co-authored the bestseller The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue. The author’s other true adventure book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the “Top Books of the Year” and described as “a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind”.

Mr. Tougias has researched dozens of survival stories and includes them in his lecture for businesses titled, Survival Lessons: Decision-making Under Pressure.

Dr. Erik Jens (Department Chair for Intelligence Community Issues and Management College of Strategic Intelligence National Intelligence University)

Mr. Erik Jens joined the NIU faculty in August 2008, following several years as a DIA HUMINT collector and staff officer. He has over 20 years’ experience in Signals and Human Intelligence, starting in 1987 with Army enlisted service as a Russian linguist and SIGINT specialist at Field Station Augsburg, Germany, followed by commissioning as an Army intelligence officer. Mr. Jens has served five DIA deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a HUMINT collector; detachment chief; and ISAF/U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Headquarters staff officer.

Mr. Jens holds a B.A. in English from University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School; he is also a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Intelligence School and Defense Language Institute, and of a number of DIA HUMINT collection courses. His NIU teaching specialties include intelligence collection and analysis, national security law and ethics, and counterterrorism.