CDR Behney enlisted in 1995, and reported as a Seaman Apprentice aboard USCGC SEDGE (WLB 402) in Homer, AK. While onboard, he advanced to Boatswain’s Mate Third Class. In 1998, he transferred to CG Station Point Allerton in Hull, MA where he qualified as Coxswain on 10 different boat types including Heavy Weather Coxswain on the 47-ft Motor Lifeboat, and advanced to Boatswain’s Mate First Class in 2002.
CDR Behney attended Officer’s Candidate School in October 2002, and was assigned to USCGC JARVIS (WHEC 725) homeported in Honolulu, HI. In July 2005, he assumed command of USCGC POMPANO (WPB 87339) homeported in Gulfport, MS.
In July 2007, CDR Behney reported to the Pacific Area/District Eleven Command Center in Alameda, and assumed the roles of Command Duty Officer as well as the Assistant Command Center Chief. While assigned to this unit, he was also selected to command USCGC PETREL (WPB 87350) homeported in San Diego, CA.
In June 2010, CDR Behney completed Department Head tours as the Operations Officer aboard USCGC SHERMAN (WHEC 720) and USCGC MORGENTHAU (WHEC 722) both homeported in Alameda, CA. Upon completion of his Department Head tours, he assumed command of USCGC ORCAS (WPB 1327) homeported in Coos Bay, OR.
CDR Behney graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI in 2015, and reported to U. S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he managed the maritime capacity building efforts throughout the African coastal regions.
Prior to assuming command of USCGC VENTUROUS, he served as the Executive Officer of USCGC CONFIDENCE (WMEC 619) homeported in Cape Canaveral, FL. During this tour, he was the recipient of the 2019 Captain David H. Jarvis Inspirational Leadership Award.
CDR Behney’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, five Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and several unit & team awards.
CDR Behney was born and raised in California. He is married to Summer Spencer, and they have two sons: Brooks and Milo.