Lieutenant Commander James B. Brendel
Supervisor, Marine Safety Detachment Cincinnati
United States Coast Guard
Lieutenant Commander Brendel serves as Supervisor, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Cincinnati, OH, overseeing operations for an area of responsibility that includes a three-state area, including the Port of Cincinnati with 250 river miles and a 3.3 billion dollar regional maritime economic impact per year. As the senior Coast Guard representative in metropolitan area with a population of two million people, he is responsible for port safety/security, passenger & towing vessel inspections, facility inspections, marine casualty investigation, waterways management, pollution response and maritime enforcement. Lieutenant Commander Brendel supervises two officers, seven enlisted members, and four Auxiliary Divisions with 350 members.
Prior assignments include Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Alabama, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia, Coast Guard Cutter HARRIET LANE (WMEC-903), Portsmouth, Virginia, Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Virginia, and Coast Guard Cutter DALLAS (WHEC-716), Charleston, South Carolina.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Lieutenant Commander Brendel enlisted in the Coast Guard in 2000 and advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer before earning his commission as a graduate of the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School in 2010. He graduated from Excelsior College in Albany, New York with a Bachelor of Science in History and from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama with a Master of Business Administration degree in Leadership and Ethics.
Lieutenant Commander Brendel’s personal awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and several other personal and unit awards. Lieutenant Commander Brendel is married to the former Kirstin Bussey of Yorktown, Virginia and they have one daughter, Madelyn Lee Brendel.
Lieutenant Commander Brendel will be transferring to Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown this summer to assume responsibility as the Assistant School Chief, Marine Inspections and Investigations School.