CDR Charles Bright
Chief, Cargo and Facilities Division
Commander Bright reported to his present duties as Chief, Cargo and Facilities Division at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington DC in July 2018. CG-FAC-2 leads the national program for maritime facility safety, security and marine environmental protection, reducing risks to critical infrastructures and the marine transport system. FAC-2 develops inspection policies and procedures for operations associated with more than 5,000 regulated maritime facilities throughout the nation. Additionally, FAC-2 coordinates U.S. efforts related to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) MARPOL waste reception facilities and Arctic initiatives, and represents the U.S. as part of the delegation to IMO’s Facilitation Committee.
Prior to his current duties, Commander Bright served as the Chief of Prevention at Sector Maryland-National Capital Region overseeing vessel and facility inspections, marine casualty investigations, and waterway management, including Aids to Navigation, for the State of Maryland and the National Capital Region.
Commander Bright was commissioned in February 1998 upon completing Officer Candidate School. After commissioning, he was assigned to Marine Safety Office Corpus Christi, TX, as a Marine Inspector and Investigator and Assistant Chief of the Port Management Department. His following tours included Activities Baltimore, MD, where he served as the Assistant Chief of the Port Safety, Security and Waterways Branch, Assistant Chief of Planning, and Chief of the Port State Control and Deep Draft Vessel Inspections; Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, serving in the Office of Waterways and Ocean Policy working with federal and maritime industry partners developing Marine Transportation System initiatives; and Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Toledo, OH, directing marine safety operations on western Lake Erie.
Commander Bright enlisted in the Coast Guard on November 1991 and spent six years enlisted including as a Marine Science Technician. His enlisted assignments included the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter POINT HIGHLAND home ported in Chincoteague, VA, where he served as Inport and Underway Officer of the Deck, Aids to Navigation Team Chincoteague, and the National Response Center.
During his career, Commander Bright was selected for the Coast Guard Port Safety Industry Training working for the Maryland Port Administration and the Coast Guard Advanced Education program in Transportation Management attending the Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics Masters’ program at George Mason University. He has also earned Bachelor degrees in Government and Biology and a Masters degree in Environmental Management.