Capt. Linda Sturgis, U.S. Coast Guard, will present "Balancing Safety, Security and Environmental Stewardship in the Coast Salish Region" as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Academic Center West room AW-204 on the Western Washington University campus.
Complimentary parking is available in Lot 12-A after 4 p.m. on Thursday.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Sturgis serves as the Commander, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. She reported aboard from her most recent assignment as the Coast Guard Liaison to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command located at the Washington Navy Yard.
While attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Captain Sturgis enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1988 and served with the 88th Military Police Company at Fort Eustis attaining the rank of Sergeant. After completing her undergraduate studies at Old Dominion University in 1992, Captain Sturgis transferred from the U.S. Army to the U.S. Coast Guard and received her commission from Officer Candidate School in 1993. She received her master's degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and was assigned to the Center for a New American Security, a Washington D.C.-based think tank where she published on marine spatial planning, Arctic maritime challenges, and port resiliency.
Sturgis’ assignments include Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Health and Safety; Office of Resource Management, Deck Watch Officer on Coast Guard Cutter Mellon home ported in Seattle, WA; Marine Inspector at Marine Safety Office Miami; Chief Port State Control/foreign vessel inspections at Marine Safety Office Puget Sound; Program Reviewer at Coast Guard Headquarters, Office of Budget and Programs; Commanding Officer at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland; and Prevention Department Head at Coast Guard Sector New York.
Sturgis has earned four Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Letters of Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, as well as several personal and Coast Guard unit awards. Balancing Safety, Security and Environmental Stewardship in the Coast Salish region
The Huxley College Speaker Series, sponsored by Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.
WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized leader in producing the next generation of environmental professionals and stewards. Huxley’s distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum reflects a broad view of the physical, biological, social, and cultural world, and has earned international recognition for quality.
For more information, please contact WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2949 or visit the website:
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Complimentary parking is available in Lot 12-A after 4:00 pm on Thursday: