Commanding Officer

U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe


    As Commanding Officer, Captain Manning serves as Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection, ensuring U.S. commercial vessel and foreign cruise ship compliance with U.S. regulations and international conventions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, he oversees the International Port Security Program's efforts to meet the congressional mandate to assess anti-terrorism measures and verify implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code at ports in 83 countries.   

   Prior to his current assignment, he most recently served as the Office Chief, Port and Facility Compliance at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C., where he was responsible for developing and implementing national Coast Guard policies concerning port, cargo, and international supply chain safety and security. 

    A native of Burbank, South Dakota, CAPT Manning received his commission from the Coast Guard Academy in 1994 and was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter ACTIVE as the Main Propulsion Division Chief and Damage Control Assistant. His follow on tour was at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and obtained his license as a Professional Engineer.

    Following postgraduate school, he was assigned to the Machinery Branch of the Systems Engineering Division at Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Design and Engineering Standards. During this assignment he was part of the U.S. delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London as the U.S. lead on a working group to establish new testing standards for Shipboard Oil Water Separating Equipment.

    From 2002 to 2006, he was assigned to Marine Safety Office/Group Los Angeles-Long Beach where he served as the Waterways Management Division Chief from 2002-2004, and in the Vessel Inspections Division from 2004-2006.

    In 2006, following a Merchant Marine Industry Training program with Princess Cruises, he served as Supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment St Thomas, USVI, overseeing the Coast Guard roles and missions in one of the busiest cruise ship destinations in the Caribbean.

    In 2008, CAPT Manning attended the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy. His follow-on assignment was at the Pentagon with the Joint Staff, as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the Joint Operational War Plans Division.

    In 2011, he returned to Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach as the Prevention Department Head, where he oversaw all vessel and facility inspections, marine casualty investigations, aids to navigation, and vessel traffic within the port complex and throughout the Sector area of responsibility. 

    In 2014, CAPT Manning assumed command of Marine Safety Unit Chicago where he was responsible for Prevention operations spanning 100 miles of Lake Michigan coastline and 180 miles of the Illinois River and its tributaries.

    CAPT Manning is married to the former Carri Anne Jakubowski of Brookfield, Wisconsin. They have a 14 year old daughter, Maggie, and 11 year old son, Dane.