>D17 Chief of Staff Biography

>A native of Geyserville, California, Captain Michael A. Neussl graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in May 1980, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors.
His first assignment was as a deck watch officer aboard USCGC Resolute (WMEC-620) homeported in Astoria, Oregon, followed by Naval flight training in Pensacola, Florida. He then completed aviation assignments at Air Station Astoria, Oregon and Air Station Sitka, Alaska flying the HH-3F helicopter prior to attending graduate school at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Following attainment of his Master of Science Degree in Engineering from Purdue, Captain Neussl was assigned to the Aircraft Repair and Supply Center Elizabeth City, North Carolina where he transitioned to the HH-60J helicopter and served as Chief of the Rotary Wing Engineering Branch.
Following a tour as aviation engineering department head at Air Station Astoria, Oregon flying the HH-60J helicopter, Captain Neussl completed his HH-65A helicopter transition and assumed command of Air Station San Francisco, California in July 1998. In June 2000, Captain Neussl completed his first command assignment and was assigned as Seventeenth Coast Guard District Chief of the Search and Rescue Branch in Juneau, Alaska. In July 2003, Captain Neussl assumed command of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, the largest operational Coast Guard unit in Pacific Area, until his assignment as Fourteenth Coast Guard District Chief of Response in Honolulu, Hawaii July 2006. Captain Neussl assumed the duties of Chief of Staff for the Seventeenth District in April 2007.
Captain Neussl’s military decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.
Captain Neussl was selected as the 1996, Coast Guard Engineer of the Year for his work on the HH-60J helicopter while assigned to the Aircraft Repair and Supply Center. NASA also named him as a Space Shuttle Mission Specialist finalist during the 1998, astronaut selection process.