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 Ryan Rhodes
Deputy Sector Commander
Commander Rhodes reported aboard as Deputy Sector Commander, Sector Upper Mississippi River on July 10, 2015. As Deputy Sector Commander he provides daily oversight for all Coast Guard operations in all or parts of an eleven state area. This includes over 2,200 miles of commercially navigable waterways on the Upper Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers and their tributaries. He leads 274 Active Duty, Reserve and civilian personnel and over 1,300 CG Auxiliary members. His duties include serving as Alternate Captain of the Port, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator for oil spills and hazardous materials releases and Acting Officer-in-Charge, Marine Inspection.
Previously, Commander Rhodes served as a Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement assistance Project Officer at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. As a project officer, he was responsible for developing requirements for and the supervision of over $6M in security assistance projects for East and South African regions. His efforts provided support to requirements and ongoing capacity-building operations essential to training and equipping foreign partner nation law enforcement, paramilitary and military units with counternarcotics missions.
Other assignments include service as Command Center Chief, Sector Charleston; Surface Action Officer and Tactical Action Officer, Joint Interagency Task Force South, Key West, FL; Logistics Officer, Port Security Unit 307, St. Petersburg, FL; Assistant Operations Officer, Law Enforcement Officer and Group Duty Controller, Group Key West, FL. Commander Rhodes began his military career in 1996, he was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Second Lieutenant and was branched Field Artillery. He served a total of four years in the Army prior to accepting a direct commission into the U.S. Coast Guard in July 2000.
Commander Rhodes graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. degree and holds two masters degrees: M.A., Business and Organizational Security Management, from Webster University and a M.S. from Kansas State University in Adult, Occupational and Continuing Education. In addition, Commander Rhodes is a Graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College.
He has earned the CG Advanced Boats Forces Insignia, CG Port Security Insignia and U.S. Army Parachutist Badge. His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), CG Commendation Medal with “O” device (2), Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, CG Achievement Medal with “O” device, Army Achievement Medal (4), and the CG Commandant’s Letter of Commendation with “O” device.
CSC William Klein
Command Senior Chief
Senior Chief Klein assumed responsibilities as Command Senior Chief of Sector Upper Mississippi River on June 22nd, 2015. 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.
Previously, Senior Chief Klein served as the Command Senior Chief and Engineer Petty officer at Maritime Safety and Security Team Boston, MA; Engineer Petty Officer USCGC Sea Devil, Naval Base Bremerton, WA; Engineer Petty Officer USCGC Knight Island, Key West, FL; Assistant Engineer Petty Officer Station Fort Myers Beach, FL; USCGC Boutwell, Alameda, CA; MAT Sault Ste Marie, MI; Group Sault Ste Marie, MI; USCGC Bramble, Port Huron, MI.
Senior Chief Klein is a graduate of the Coast Guard chief Petty Officer Academy Class CLVII (157) and is a graduate of the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course.
Senior Chief Klein’s military awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals with operational distinguishing device, six Coast Guard Achievement Medals with operational distinguishing device, COMDT’s Letter of Commendation with operational distinguishing device, various unit awards and has earned a permanent Cutterman insignia.