Nautical Science I Instructor
Professional Maritime Studies
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Lieutenant Powers reported to the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2004 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management in 2008. Upon graduating, LT Powers’ first tour was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC Spencer (WMEC 905), a 270’ medium endurance cutter, home-ported in Boston, Massachusetts. From June 2008 through May 2010, LT Powers served as the Weapons Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer and Training Officer, conducting counter-drug and alien migrant interdiction operations in the Caribbean and fisheries law enforcement in the North Atlantic.
Following his tour on Spencer, LT Powers served from May 2010 to May 2011 as the Operations Officer and Weapons Officer on board USCGC Baranof (WPB 1318), a 110’ patrol boat forward deployed to the Arabian Gulf to conduct maritime security operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Following his tour on Baranof, LT Powers served from June 2011 to February 2013 as the Assistant Weapons Officer and from February 2013 to June 2013 as the Weapons Officer on board the USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751), a 418’ national security cutter, home-ported in Alameda, California. LT Powers led the Deck, Gunnery, Law Enforcement and Navigation divisions through a 5 ½ month USN C7F deployment to Far East Asia in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) and several counter-drug and alien migrant interdiction operations off the coast of California and in the Eastern Pacific.
Following his tour on Waesche, LT Powers reported to the department of Professional Maritime Studies at the Academy in June 2013 where he was assigned as a summer shiphandling instructor for training boats and as a Fundamentals of Navigation instructor for the academic year. He now serves as the coordinator for both courses.
LT Powers’ personal awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation and various other unit and team awards.
Originally from Glens Falls, New York, LT Powers married the former Samantha Rose Hurd of Middletown, Connecticut in November 2010 and the couple has two daughters, Sofia Rose, born in May 2012 and Emma Reardon, born in August 2014. The family has three beloved dogs Jack, Lacy and Grace, all were rescued from shelters. They currently reside in Quaker Hill, Connecticut, less than a mile and a half from the Academy.