Commander Christian T. Medick
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Forward
Commander Medick is a native of St. Petersburg, FL. After graduating from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC in the fall of 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business, CDR Medick enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard in 1995, serving eight years primarily in afloat and ashore operations, before becoming commissioned. Commander Medick’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3 awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal and Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, all with the operational distinguishing device.
Upon graduation from boot camp, CDR Medick was assigned as a member of the deck department onboard USCGC SPAR (WLB 403) home ported in South Portland, ME. After SPAR’s decommissioning in 1997, CDR Medick was assigned to Station Ocean City, MD where he served as Coxswain and Boarding Officer before advancing to Boatswain Mate Third Class. He was next assigned to Aids to Navigation Team South Portland, ME served as Coxswain of the CG cable boat, a converted ex-Naval landing craft which maintained all the light houses and structures that were powered by submersible cable within the First Coast Guard District. He advanced to Boatswain Mate Second, then First Class prior to attending Officer Candidate School in 2003.
After graduating Officer Candidate School, CDR Medick served aboard USCGC DALLAS (WHEC 716) home ported in Charleston, SC where he became Assistant Navigator and Combat Information Center Officer. In 2005, CDR Medick was assigned as Operations Officer aboard USCGC JUNIPER (WLB 201) in Newport, RI, conducting Aids to Navigation operations from Cape Cod, MA to Sandy Hook, NJ. From Rhode Island, he was next assigned in 2007 to the Eighth District Waterways Management Branch in New Orleans, LA as Chief of Federal Projects Section, where he was responsible for the Aids to Navigation constellation along 12,000 miles of Western Rivers and 1,300 miles of Coastline in the Coast Guard’s largest and busiest commercial district.
From June 2010 to July 2012 CDR Medick was Commanding Officer of USCGC GEORGE COBB (WLM 564). After completing a successful command tour, CDR Medick assumed responsibilities as Assistant School Chief at Prospective Commanding Officer and Executive Officer School at the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center in New London, CT. CDR Medick then reported to USCGC SENECA (WMEC 906) homeported in Boston Massachusetts to serve as Executive Officer, where he deployed in support of numerous fisheries enforcement, homeland security, counter-drug and migrant interdiction patrols. Most recently, CDR Medick was assigned as Cutter Manager for the First District, where he was responsible for managing a fleet of 29 buoy tenders, patrol boats and tugs.