Lieutenant Commander Ben Crowell joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies as a Military Fellow in May of 2019. His area of focus at DKI APCSS is strategic policy for maritime security and security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region for the United States Coast Guard. His professional interests are maritime security operations, and maritime terrorism.

Lieutenant Commander Crowell was commissioned in the United States Coast Guard in 2005. He was assigned to the Northeastern United States where he served as a maritime law enforcement officer, and search and rescue coordinator. In 2007 he was assigned to a mobile homeland security unit where he served as a Deployable Team Leader and maritime law enforcement officer, conducting a variety of security operations across the United States and internationally. Following this tour he served at the United States Coast Guard’s International Training Branch, where he coordinated, planned and managed USCG training engagements around the world. He was then assigned as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station Seattle, Washington, overseeing the full gamut of maritime homeland security, search and rescue, and law enforcement operations. After his command tour, he served as the Surface Operations Officer for Sector North Bend, Oregon, where he managed the law enforcement and search and rescue missions across a 230-mile operational area along the west coast of the U.S. In 2018 he was awarded a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Homeland Defense and Security.

LCDR Crowell’s personal awards include a Joint Commendation Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and numerous unit and team awards.

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