Hurricane Sandy: Response and Recovery in New York and New Jersey
Commander Linda Sturgis is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She began military service in the U.S. Army in 1988 and graduated Old Dominion University in 1992. Shortly after college graduation, she changed military services and attended Coast Guard Officer Candidate training in 1993. She was stationed on USCGC MELLON where she conducted fisheries enforcement, undocumented migrant and drug interdiction operations in the Bearing Sea, the Caribbean, and South Pacific Ocean. She has been assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters budget formulation office and Marine Safety Offices across the country including Seattle, Miami, Cleveland as Commanding Officer and is currently assigned to Coast Guard Sector New York on Staten Island, New York. Her current position as Prevention Department Head at Coast Guard Sector New York includes overseeing domestic ice breaking, aids to navigation, waterways management, commercial vessel inspections, waterfront facility inspections, law enforcement boardings on deep draft commercial vessels prior to entering port, and marine casualty investigations. She holds a Masters Degree in Marine Affairs and business certificate in Global Trade and Transportation from the University of Washington. Commander Sturgis will be rotating from Sector New York during the summer of 2013 and will be assigned as a senior military fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington DC.