U.S. Coast Guard Security Interests & Activities in the Asia Pacific

Captain Lee Boone

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : May 12, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $15.00

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Hosted by the Aerospace & Defense Committee


About Captain Lee Boone

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Captain Lee Boone reports aboard from having served as the Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Huntington, West Virginia from 2012 until June 2015.  There, his unit was responsible for maritime safety, security and stewardship activities on 350 miles of navigable waterway in the Tri-State region of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

Upon graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1992, Captain Boone was assigned to the USCGC VIGILANT home ported in Port Canaveral, Florida as a student engineer and Damage Control Assistant.  Upon completion of this afloat tour and graduate school, Captain Boone was assigned to the Marine Safety Center in Washington, DC in 1996, where he was responsible for electrical and small passenger vessel plan review, as well as providing technical assistance to Federal On Scene Coordinators during vessel casualties as a member of the Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT).

In 2000, Captain Boone was assigned to Marine Safety Office Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington, first as a marine inspector, then as the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO).  During this time, Captain Boone was a member of a Coast Guard-industry team that identified, investigated and assessed structural failures in over 280 aluminum passenger vessels, spurring the development of new standards for marine grade aluminum, and served as a member of the Washington State Ferry Security Committee, convened to assess and improve security of the nation’s largest ferry system in the wake of terrorist attacks of 9/11.

In 2004, Captain Boone was assigned to Sector Baltimore, Maryland as the Chief of the Inspections Division (CID).  Here, Captain Boone implemented sweeping new security requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) for 72 U.S. vessels and 60 facilities, as well for 600 foreign vessels calling on the Upper Chesapeake Bay, and was involved in the investigation and follow up actions after the capsizing of the pontoon passenger vessel LADY D, ensuring all like vessels were re-examined, and sound recommendations were made to prevent similar casualties.

Captain Boone was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in 2008, where he led the implementation of the Coast Guard’s counter-piracy program for U.S. commercial vessels transiting high risk waters off the coast of Somalia, the creation of the national Towing Vessel Bridging Program (TVBP) to ease the U.S. towing vessel industry’s transition into a inspected vessel regime, and the initial development of industry consensus safety standards for parasailing operations.

Captain Boone is a professional engineer, holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Masters of Science Degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering as well as Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal (two awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation (three awards).

A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Captain Boone and his wife Leigh have a son Grayson, and daughters Kendall and Georgia.

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