CAPT Curtiss C. Potter
The son of a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, CAPT Potter is not a native of any particular city. He graduated cum laude from Florida State University as a mechanical engineer in 1992. The U.S. Coast Guard granted him a direct commission as a naval engineer in July 1994 while he was working as a design engineer for the Ford Motor Company. He earned cum laude honors and a Master of Science in Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2001.
CAPT Potter is a qualified Cutterman and has served in three U.S. Coast Guard cutters. He was Damage Control Assistant onboard USCGC STORIS (WMEC 38) in Kodiak, AK; Engineer Officer onboard USCGC STEADFAST (WMEC 623) in Astoria, OR; and Executive Officer onboard USCGC VENTUROUS (WMEC 625) in St. Petersburg, FL. He has been a Port Engineer at Naval Engineering Support Unit New Orleans, where he executed dry-docking availabilities for cutters in five different classes. As the Team Chief for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Technical Assistance Field Team, he was seconded to the U.S. Embassy in Barbados where he administered $4 million in foreign aid annually to seven Eastern Caribbean nations and maintained 45 patrol vessels. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Division Chief for all U.S. Coast Guard naval engineering systems worldwide. If it touched a cutter or a boat, he established strategy or set policy for its acquisition, maintenance, employment, and disposal. Subsequently, he served as the Naval Engineering Department Head at Base Alameda where he supervised 116 personnel in three locations and was responsible for depot-level maintenance on cutters and boats; civil construction along the west coast; and the overhaul of all buoys in California.
Outside of naval engineering, he served as the Deputy Commander for Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in the Arabian Gulf, leading 250 personnel and six patrol boats in the U.S. Coast Guard’s most sustained contribution to Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. He was the U.S. Coast Guard Liaison to U.S. European Command where he set long-term U.S. policy throughout Europe and the Arctic for the nation’s oldest combatant command. Most recently, he served as the U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Task Force – East Liaison to the North American Aerospace Command and U.S. Northern Command where he directly coordinated the Service’s eleven statutory missions with the nation’s only bi-national command and its newest combatant command.
CDR James C. Campbell
CDR Campbell’s initial enlistment was in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Squad Leader and Counterintelligence Agent. In 2000, CDR Campbell received his commission from the U.S. Coast Guard and served in a variety of operational, and staff assignments spanning seven Groups, Sectors, and Districts. Majority of his operational tours were in the Deployable Specialized Forces community in providing oversight for joint and independent INCONUS and OCONUS deployments for Short Notice Maritime Response (SNMR), high-risk CG law enforcement, maritime counter-terrorism, Advanced Interdiction, and National Special Security Events.
In his previous assignment, CDR Campbell served as U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) where he fleeted up to serve as the Director of Theater Security Cooperation for NAVCENT, directing maritime security cooperation efforts in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.
Prior to NAVCENT, CDR Campbell was the Deputy Sector Commander for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam from June 2015 to May of 2018. He served as the principal deputy and advisor to the Sector Commander; performing in a wide-range of federal authorizations to include Search & Rescue Mission Coordinator with an area of responsibility of 1.9 million square nautical miles that encompassed Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
While serving as the Team Leader for Field Intelligence Support Team – New Orleans in 2005, he volunteered to be the Planning Section Chief when Hurricane Katrina struck and developed the response plans to implement a forward operating base at Zephyr Field for the Urban Search and Rescue teams in support of the response to the devastation.
Other notable tours include U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard in Washington DC, Group Corpus Christi, Maritime Safety and Security Team – Miami, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, U.S. Embassy in Haiti, and Maritime Security Response Team West in San Diego.
CDR Campbell is the recipient of various personal, unit, and service awards. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University in Miami, FL.
MCPO Adam C. Wendell
Command Master Chief, PATFORSWA
Master Chief Operations Specialist Adam Wendell reported to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in June 2019 and assumed the duties of Command Master Chief. Previously, he was assigned as the Command Master Chief at Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay in southern Georgia. Prior to that assignment, he was stationed at Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he served on the Area Telecommunications Staff, as well as collateral duty Command Master Chief for the collective Atlantic Area and District Five Staff. It was here that he was selected for the organization’s Senior Enlisted Leader Program.
Master Chief Wendell enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1993 and is a graduate of Radioman ‘A’ school at CG Training Center Petaluma, CA. He has served onboard five various afloat commands; USCGC ACUSHNET (WMEC-167), USCGC SHERMAN (WHEC-720), USCGC HAMILTON (WHEC-715), USCGC ZEPHYR (WPC-8) and Afloat Training Group Pacific (ATGPAC).
Master Chief Wendell’s additional assignments include Coast Guard Sector San Diego, CA and Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston, TX. It was while stationed in Houston, TX, that he completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of service leadership schools that include the Chief Petty Officer Academy and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course.
Master Chief Wendell is a native of Los Angeles, CA and has been married to his spouse, Heather, for 23 years and has a three-year-old son, Cody. His personal awards include two Coast Guard Commendation medals, two Coast Guard Achievement medals, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal and various other personal and unit awards.