In episode 117, April interviews Coast Guard Commander Kelsey Barrion about her career journey, dealing with challenges, and navigating transitions.

Commander Barrion has been a member of the Coast Guard Reserve since 2006. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, she is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. She holds a first engineer’s license in the steam- and diesel-propulsion mode and has primarily been on a variety of oceangoing commercial vessels while drilling in the Selected Reserve.

Commander Barrion became Chief of the Projects Branch of the Long Range Enforcer Product Line in August of 2021, where she handles major cutter service life extension programs, major maintenance availabilities, and decommissioning of legacy assets.  In her previous billet, she served as the Systems Engineering Section Chief and oversaw the development of ship alterations and the management of maintenance requirements and procedures for the Coast Guard’s largest vessels: National Security, Polar Security, and High Endurance Cutters.   

Her personal awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Coast Guard Team Commendation, and various other campaign and unit awards.  She has attained the Basic Boat Forces Operations and Defense Operations/Readiness specialty codes. 

Read Kelsey’s article on Naval Proceedings HERE.

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