Captain Scott A. Stoermer
Captain Stoermer reported aboard as Commander, Sector Upper Mississippi River on July 7, 2017. As Sector Commander, he is responsible for Coast Guard operations in an area of responsibility that includes all or parts of eleven states and over 2,200 miles of commercially navigable waterways on the Upper Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers and their tributaries. As the operational commander, he leads 280 Active Duty, Reserve, and civilian personnel and over 1,100 CG Auxiliary members serving at the Sector office, five river tenders and three Marine Safety Detachments. These men and women promote safety, security and environmental protection while facilitating more than $41B in commerce supported by the inland river system. Captain Stoermer serves as the Captain of the Port, Officer-in-Charge Marine Inspection, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator and Federal On-Scene Coordinator for oil spills and hazardous materials releases.
Captain Stoermer’s most recent assignment was in the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters where he served as the Industry Preparedness and Incident Coordination Division Chief. In this capacity, he promulgated national-level policy and advised executives for matters related to pollution and hazardous materials response. Additionally, he managed the Vessel and Facility Response Plan Programs, ensuring vessel and marine transfer-related facility compliance with oil spill response and preparedness requirements. Prior to his tour at Coast Guard Headquarters, Captain Stoermer served as the Deputy Sector Commander at Sector Upper Mississippi River.
A specialist in Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection, Captain Stoermer also served as the Response Department Head at Sector Upper Mississippi River from 2010 through 2012; as an International Port Facility Security Liaison Officer at Activities Far East, Marine Inspection Detachment Singapore from 2007 through 2010; as Chief of Port Operations at Marine Safety Unit Duluth from 2005 through 2007; and as Marine Environmental Response Branch Chief at Marine Safety Office Morgan City from 1998 through 2000.
Other assignments include service as the Operations Officer at International Ice Patrol and as a Deck Watch Officer and Dive Supervisor aboard Coast Guard Cutter SASSAFRAS.
Captain Stoermer’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal as well as other service, unit and team awards.
Captain Stoermer was born in Ft. Polk, LA; however, as a proud Army brat and second generation military officer, Captain Stoermer has lived in 17 different locations. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Environmental Sciences. He also earned a Master of Science in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography and a Masters of Public Administration from American Military University. He is married to the former Karin Lynn Jorgensen of Yardley, PA and they have one daughter, Morgan.
CDR Richard M. Scott
Deputy Sector Commander
Commander Scott is responsible for Coast Guard operations across the Heartland, including all or parts of eleven states and 2,200+ miles of commercially navigable waterways along the Upper Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois River basins. In his duties, he leads over 270 Active Duty, Reserve, and civilian personnel and 800 Auxiliarists, including five 65’/75’ river tenders and three Marine Safety Detachments to promote maritime safety, security and environmental protection, while facilitating the river system’s $42B commercial element. CDR Scott serves as alternate Captain of the Port, Officer-in-Charge Marine Inspection, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator and Federal On-Scene Coordinator for all Sector UMR missions.
A 1998 Coast Guard Academy graduate, his first two assignments were afloat, as First Lieutenant onboard CGC CAMPBELL in New Bedford, MA, and Executive Officer of CGC OCRACOKE in San Juan, PR. Following duties underway, CDR Scott served in the Personnel Service Center from 2002 to 2005 as a Central Assignment Coordinator, where he was responsible for assigning 30% of the enlisted workforce, including all newly created assignments supporting Patrol Forces Southeast Asia. He later served as the first Incident Management Division Chief in Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. There he was responsible for search and rescue and pollution response operations along the southern California coastline, including the nation’s largest and most economically vital port complex.
After Performance Technology post-graduate studies beginning in 2008, CDR Scott transferred to the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL where he oversaw a full modernization of all Coast Guard aviation training programs. There he was selected as the 2012 Charles Swaringen Award recipient, noting his leadership influence across the Coast Guard’s training system. From 2013 to 2015, he was the Chief of Response at Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, TX, where his primary duties included providing regional maritime security to the nation’s largest military outload operations in support of worldwide-deployed U.S. and coalition forces.
CDR Scott most recently served as Training Officer at Training Center Cape May, NJ, and was responsible for indoctrinating more than 4000 recruits annually in the service’s only enlisted accession point. From 2015-2018, his 135-member Training Division graduated one-third of the present day enlisted workforce, marking the Service’s largest post-9/11 accessions surge. He was also detailed by the Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) to lead the CG’s SAPR II Command Cadre Course development, and was appointed as FORCECOM’s senior project manager to support a DCMS-chartered Human Capital Strategy priority to better attract, train, and retain talent in the critically-short Aviation Survival Technician Rating.
CDR Scott’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal (4), Achievement Medal, and Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon Bar (2). His education includes a M.S. in Instructional Systems from Florida State University, and Advanced Certificates in Human Performance Technology and Organizational Leadership & Ethics from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Originally from Abingdon, MD, he and his wife Kelly have a daughter Kyla (10), and two sons, Josh (8) and Jericho (7).
CSCS Scott A. Manfre
Command Senior Chief
Senior Chief Manfre assumed responsibilities as the Command Senior Chief of Sector Upper Mississippi River on June 7th 2019. As the Command Senior Chief he serves as a member of Sector Upper Mississippi River's Command Cadre ensuring the Commander’s Intent and leadership philosophy are understood and carried out in an area encompassing 11 states and 2,200 miles of commercially navigable waterways.
Senior Chief Manfre enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard on July 10th 2001 in Miami, Florida. Upon completion of basic training, he reported to Food Service Specialist "A" School in Petaluma, California. After advancing to Food Service Specialist Third Class he was assigned to USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722), Alameda, CA. His subsequent tours of duty include duty cook and boarding team member aboard USCGC Escanaba (WMEC 907), Boston, MA; duty cook and Food Service Officer at CG Station Cortez, FL; Food Service Officer, boarding team member and emergency medical technician aboard USCGC Shrike (WPB 87342) Port Canaveral, FL; Special Command Aide to the D17 Commander, Juneau, AK; Special Command Aide to the Deputy LANT Area Commander, Norfolk, VA; Special Command Aide to the D5 Commander, Portsmouth, VA; Food Service Specialist "A" and "C" School Instructor, Petaluma, CA; Food Service Officer and Command Chief aboard USCGC Resolute (WMEC 620) St. Petersburg, FL; and Contracting Officers Representative for the Galley at TRACEN Cape May, NJ.
Senior Chief Manfre is a proud graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy class 201 and is a graduate of Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course class 62.
Senior Chief Manfre’s personal awards include one Coast Guard Commendation Medal, six Coast Guard Achievement Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, one Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon with Operational Distinguishing Device, six Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, the Coast Guard’s Permanent Cutterman’s Insignia and various other individual and unit awards.