Nautical Science IV Instructor
Professional Maritime Studies
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Originally from Centreville, Virginia, Lieutenant Michael Higbie graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2009 with a degree in Civil Engineering.
His first tour was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC Dallas (WHEC 716), home-ported in Charleston, South Carolina. Aboard Dallas, LT Higbie served as the Combat Information Center Officer in support of counter-drug operations throughout the southwestern Caribbean and the eastern Pacific Ocean. In the summer of 2011, LT Higbie reported aboard USCGC Tybee (WPB 1330) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts as the Executive Officer. Aboard Tybee, he primarily supported the search and rescue and fisheries enforcement missions offshore from Maine to New Jersey.
His personal awards include two Coast Guard Achievement Medals. He is married to the former Keely Balthrop of Nashville, Tennessee. They live in Quaker Hill, Connecticut with their daughter, Skylar.