2014 USCGA Ethics Forum Junior Officer Panel
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Junior Officer Panelists 

LTJG Michael Burke, U.S. Coast Guard

LTJG Michael Burke is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy class of 2011 majoring in Marine and Environmental Science. Upon graduation, he was assigned aboard USCGC Thetis (WMEC 910) in Key West, Florida, as a Deck Watch Officer. LTJG Burke acted as a boarding officer and pursuit mission commander for missions including alien migrant interdiction, counter drug, and living marine resources throughout the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Onboard Thetis he served as the Electronics Materials Officer and First Lieutenant. Currently, LTJG Burke is the Commanding Officer aboard USCGC Sturgeon (WPB 87336) in Grand Isle, Louisiana. He is responsible for safely conducting all assigned missions, operations, navigation and maintenance of $5+ million 87’ coastal patrol boat (WPB) and small boat. In addition he ensures the crew’s welfare and training, while planning for missions including search and rescue, living marine resources, and ports and waterways coastal security.

LTJG Burke is a native of Barnstable, Massachusetts.

LTJG Kyle Reese, U.S. Coast Guard

LTJG Kyle Reese is currently serving as a Marine Inspector at Sector Delaware Bay in the Port State Control Branch. He joined the Coast Guard through the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI), attending boot camp in June 2009. He received his commission in May 2011 through Officer Candidate School and reported to USCGC Cypress in Pensacola, Florida. Onboard, he served as a Deck Watch Officer and Operations Officer. He currently holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Temple University with concentrations in Risk Management Insurance and Finance.

LT Rachel A. Stutt, U.S. Coast Guard

LT Stutt reported to Sector Boston in July 2013 as Chief of the Incident Management Division in the Response Department. Her primary duties include overseeing five Stations, two Cutters, managing the marine environmental response mission and operations in the Sector Command Center as a Command Duty Officer.

As a first assignment, LT Stutt served at Maritime Safety and Security Team Seattle as the Training Officer, Law Enforcement Officer and a Deployable Team Leader. In 2007, she assumed duties as the Force Protection Officer in Bahrain with Patrol Forces Southwest Asia traveling to countries in the Middle East including Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Djibouti and Qatar conducting port security. LT Stutt also served at the Maritime Security Response Team as the Personnel and Resources Department Head and most recently at Officer Candidate School as an Instructor of Leadership and Management.

LT Stutt is a native of Barkhamsted, Connecticut. She graduated from Roger Williams University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. In December 2004, LT Stutt received her commission as an Ensign from Officer Candidate School in New London, Connecticut.

LT Stutt was the 2008 recipient of the Captain Dorothy Stratton Award for Inspirational Leadership. Her military awards include three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Advanced Boat Forces Operations Insignia and numerous other unit awards.

LT Stutt and her husband have a one-year old son and reside in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

LT Stephanie M. Young, U.S. Coast Guard

A native of Bremerton, Washington, LT Stephanie Young is currently serving as a social media officer in the Coast Guard Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. She has been the editor, manager and lead author for the flagship service blog, Coast Guard Compass, since June 2010.

As lead content editor on the four-person social media team, she runs national campaigns and engagement on the service's tools including Wordpress, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Instagram. LT Young’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, New York Daily News, Atlanta Journal, China Daily and several military blogs.

As an additional collateral duty in Washington, D.C., LT Young serves as a Military Social Aide to the President. As an aide and Coast Guard program manager, Young provides protocol support for the President of the United States, including facilitating introductions to the President, overseeing seating at events and escorting VIPs. Her experiences include inaugurations, state dinners, state arrivals, Medal of Honor ceremonies, congressional balls and bill signings.

Her first duty station was at Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach where she worked in incident management and was a command duty officer, the direct representative for the captain of the port in the nation's largest and most economically viable port complex.

LT Young's military awards and medals include the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Commandant's Letter of Commendation and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

LT Young is a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. She graduated with a bachelors of science in marine and environmental sciences. While at the Academy, she participated in four years of varsity rowing, becoming the team's captain during her senior year.

LT Young has lived in seven states and believes home is where you plug your cell phone in at night.