Commander Justin Vanden Heuvel
Commander Justin Vanden Heuvel is a third generation Coastguardsmen and California native. Enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1993, he has served in ten afloat assignments and three assignments ashore. His prior enlisted assignments include USCGC HAMILTON, San Pedro, CA. Station Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard CA. and USCGC POINT HOBART, Oceanside, CA. After advancing to Boatswain Mate First Class, he served consecutive Executive Petty Officer tours in USCGC HAWKSBILL, Monterey, CA. and USCGC HADDOCK, San Diego, CA. As commissioning “plank-owner” crew, he delivered these 87-foot Patrol Boats to new homeports after their 5,000 nautical-mile maiden voyages from Louisiana. Shortly after advancing to Chief in 2003, he assumed duties as Officer in Charge of a 65-foot ice-breaking tugboat, USCGC LINE, Bayonne, NJ.
Commander Vanden Heuvel earned his commission as Chief Warrant Officer BOSN in 2005 and reported as First Lieutenant in USCGC ASPEN, San Francisco, CA. Upon detachment in 2007, he assumed duties as Commanding Officer of a 175-foot buoy-tender USCGC JOSHUA APPLEBY, St. Petersburg, FL where he led maintenance to 260 aids to navigation (AtoN) throughout 6 Florida ports and conducted migrant interdiction operations. Upon promotion to Lieutenant in 2009, he reported as Executive Officer in USCGC OAK Charleston, SC where he managed in-theatre responses to the Port au Prince, Haiti earthquake disaster relief effort and throughout the U.S. Gulf coast as the first Coast Guard asset to conduct oil-recovery operations during the Deepwater Horizon spill.
In 2011, Commander Vanden Heuvel reported to the Chief Warrant Officer Professional Development Program at the Leadership Development Center in New London, CT where he oversaw curriculum, evaluation and leadership training for 800 newly commissioned officers. In 2015, he returned to command the 225-foot buoy-tender USCGC ASPEN where he led AtoN, SAR, and innovative pursuit and interdictions missions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean executing counter-drug operations. In 2018, he reported to Personnel Service Center as Branch Chief of Enlisted Evaluations (EPM-3), he was responsible for establishing staffing, policies and business rules governing the Service’s most significant changes to the evaluation system in three decades. In 2020, he assumed duties as Commanding Officer of the 210-foot medium-endurance cutter, USCGC RESOLUTE.
Commander Vanden Heuvel’s military decorations include three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals and five Coast Guard Commendation Medals. He holds a valid 1,600 gross-ton Master’s credential for steam or motor vessels with Great Lakes endorsements and a 2,000 gross-tons Mates license.
Commander Vanden Heuvel is married to the former Jennifer Rosselle of Miami, Florida. They have five children: Arie, Willa, Theo, Pieter and Jacob.