Introducing Captain Michael Long - Commander of Sector Honolulu

Captain Michael Long formally relieved Captain Shannon Gilreath as commander of Sector Honolulu during a change of command ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Honolulu on July 1, 2016. Rear Admiral Vincent Atkins, commander of the Coast Guard 14th District, presided over the ceremony.

“I’m excited to work with Captain Long as one of my operational commanders,” said Rear Admiral Vince Atkins. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him and I know he will continue the tradition of excellence established by Captain Gilreath.”  

Captain Long, who replaces Captain Gilreath, is originally a native of Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Resource Management and Planning from the University of West Florida and a Master’s in Public Administration from Florida State University. 

Before his assignment to Honolulu, Captain Long served as the Deputy Sector Commander at Coast Guard Sector Miami. Other field assignments included: serving as the Senior Defense Official and Defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; Response Department Head and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator at Sector Puget Sound; Port Operations at Marine Safety Office New Orleans; and Assistant Operations Officer at the Gulf Strike Team. 

Previous staff tours include executive assistant to the Coast Guard’s director of port security, assistant director of the Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program and duty officer at the National Response Center. His Coast Guard career currently spans 24 years, and he expresses his love for the sea and commitment to marine environmental protection and the humanitarian aspects of the Coast Guard life. 

Captain Long will be a part of Sector Honolulu for at least three years. When asked, he summed up his leadership philosophy in three key words, “People, Professionalism and Partnerships. Take care of our coworkers and their families…be experts in our tradecraft…and nurture and strengthen our internal and external partnerships. The goals I wish to accomplish during my time here in Hawaii will be guided by this philosophy. I look forward to working with Cruise Lines International Association and the wonderful people from the great state of Hawaii.”

The Coast Guard in Hawaii has worked closely with the cruise industry in regards to expertise and best practices, training and facilitation of safety, security and environmental protection laws and regulations. The Coast Guard and cruise lines also work together in developing strategies for handling mass rescue operations. Much collaboration takes place to ensure that all representatives are prepared and able to maintain proper communication in such situations.

We are grateful to Captain Gilreath for his service to our islands and wish him much aloha on his continuing journey as the Chief of the Coast Guard’s Maritime and International Law Program in Washington, D.C.

Welcome to Captain Long and we look forward to a continued strong partnership with the Coast Guard!