Sector St. Petersburg

Sector St. Petersburg


Deputy Sector Commander

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Commander Charles “Ben” Stanley

CDR Stanley assumed the duties and responsibilities of Deputy Sector Commander of Sector St Petersburg Florida in June 2023 after serving as the Future Operations Branch Chief at Coast Guard Pacific Area within the Maritime Forces Operations Department in Alameda, CA.

CDR Stanley is a native of Centerville, Massachusetts where he enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1995 and was assigned to CGC CAMPBELL. In 1996 he attended Telecommunication Specialist “A” school and graduated a Third Class Telecommunication Specialist. CDR Stanley’s TC enlisted assignments include: CG Group Moriches and CGC DEPENDABLE.

In 2003, CDR Stanley was selected for Officer Candidate School and upon graduation was assigned to the District Eight Command Center where he served as a Command Duty Officer. CDR Stanley’s other officer tours include: Waterside Team Leader at MSST Kings Bay, District Boat Manager for District Five, Commanding Officer of Station Monterey, Maritime SME at NORAD and USNORTHCOM within the J5, Strategy, Policy and Doctrine Division, and as Executive Officer for the Maritime Force Protection Unit in Bangor WA.

CDR Stanley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Management, as well as a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, three CG Commendation Medals, three CG Achievement Medals, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and numerous other individual and unit awards.

CDR Stanley is married to the former Ashley Anderson of Birmingham, Alabama and has two children (twins), Blake and Paige.