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CDR Daniel Mochen

Traveling Inspection Staff (CG-5P-TI)
CDR Daniel Mochen
(202) 372-1344

CDR Mochen reported to the staff in July 2020 with over 16 years of Coast Guard experience including:

  • 2014-2016: Chief of Inspections, MSU Savannah
  • 2011-2014: Marine Inspector Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (NCOE)
  • 2011: Merchant Marine Industry Training (MMIT) with LNG Industry
  • 2008-2011: Marine Inspector Sector Southeastern New England
  • 2004-2008: Marine Inspector MSO/MSU Chicago

CDR Mochen is a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and a Merchant Mariner License as a third engineer of steam, motor or gas turbine of any horsepower.  Prior to joining the Coast Guard, he sailed commercially onboard three different vessels; tankship S.S. Fredericksburg, ATB Atlanta Bay and research vessel David Starr Jordan. In 2018, he completed a graduate program in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL) at George Mason University.

Areas of emphasis include: Class 1 Structural Failures, Vital System Automation, SMC/DOC/MMS audits, ACP/MSP oversight. 

Qualifications include:
Machinery Inspector, Diesel
Tank Barge Inspector
Foreign Gas Carrier Examiner
Foreign Chemical Tank Vessel Examiner
Foreign Tank Vessel Examiner
K- Boat Inspector
T- Boat Inspector
Foreign Freight Vessel Examiner
Port State Control Examiner
Marine Casualty Investigator
Facility Inspector



CDR Corydon (Cory) F. Heard

Traveling Inspection Staff (CG-5P-TI)
CDR Corydon (Cory) F. Heard

Commander Heard is a Traveling Marine Inspector with over 20 years of experience in the maritime industry. Previously, he served as the Deputy Commander and Prevention Department Head of Sector Charleston where his duties included Alternate Captain of the Port; Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection; Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator; & Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, with Active Case Suspension authority.  

Prior to Sector Charleston, he served as the Program Executive Office Reviewer for Surface Acquisitions in the Office of Budget and Programs. In this capacity, he was responsible for reviewing and analyzing the Coast Guard’s $1.5 billion annual vessel acquisition portfolio, which includes the National Security Cutter; Offshore Patrol Cutter; Fast Response Cutter; Polar Security Cutter; Waterways Commerce Cutter; as well as Procurement, Construction & Improvement funded in-service vessel sustainment programs. 

Commander Heard also served as the Prevention Department Head at Marine Safety Unit Texas City. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, he led humanitarian response efforts and oversaw the resumption of commerce to the Nation’s largest petrochemical port complex comprised of Houston, Texas City, Galveston, and Freeport, TX. Previous assignments include Domestic Vessel Program Administrator and Marine Personnel Specialist in the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance; Marine Inspection and Investigation duty at Activities Europe and Activities Baltimore; and as the Assistant Chief of Regional Examination Center Baltimore.

A native of Manassas, VA, Commander Heard graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. He holds a Master of Arts in Homeland Security from the American Military University and a Doctor of Business Administration in Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy from Northcentral University. In addition, he is an award-winning distinguished graduate of the National Defense University, Dwight D. Eisenhower School, where he completed a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy with a concentration as a China Fellow. Antecedently, he completed the Air Command and Staff College Distance Learning Program at the Global College of Professional Military Education. He holds a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer Endorsement as a Third Mate of Steam or Motor Vessels of any Gross Tons upon Oceans. He is a qualified “double ended” Master Marine Inspector (#113), Port State Control Officer, Marine Investigator, Lead Auditor for the International Maritime Organization’s Member State Audit Scheme, and Single Point of Contact representative for the Member State Audit of the United States.

His awards and honors include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal, in addition to various service, unit and team awards as well as the permanent Marine Safety Insignia and Navy’s Strategic Sealift Officer Warfare Insignia. He is the recipient of the LCDR Turek Award for Marine Inspections, Congressman Sener Award for Excellence in Marine Investigations, DHS Gary E. Carter Award for Acquisition Excellence, Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer Award for Excellence, and Foreign Area Officers Association Award for Excellence in Research and Writing.


Mr. Travis G. Taylor​  

Traveling Inspection Staff (CG-5P-TI)
Mr. Travis G. Taylor
(757) 303-6366

Mr. Taylor is currently employed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Traveling Marine Inspector.  The Traveling Inspection Staff, ("Travelers") is a unique, specialized and highly experienced team of marine inspectors and investigators. The Travelers provide an independent perspective and where necessary, make corrective actions to safeguard Commercial Vessel Safety and Marine Casualty Investigation program effectiveness. Additionally, Travelers help form program direction by measuring the effectiveness of existing programs and policies. This activity may be the result of maritime industry advocate or operator concern, a marine casualty, a developing workforce trend or related to a Traveler’s specific area of interest. Travelers are an on-call, traveling technical resource to assist Sector, District and Area Commanders with any vessel or vessel operation that is deemed unique, high risk, or of special interest.  Industry representatives may also contact the Travelers directly. 

Prior to his current position, Mr. Taylor worked for 7 years as a civilian in the Energy Sector as a manager/marine surveyor.  His primary job responsibility was to manage and deliver marine vessel assurance, dynamic positioning assurance, rig integrity/compliance, and blow-out preventer verification, reliability programs and consulting related to the global maritime and offshore oil and gas industries.   In addition to developing and implemented a Marine Operations Management System which provided marine and safety systems oversight for multiple drilling, production and exploration projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Mr. Taylor was the primary surveyor/owner's representative for multiple (vessel) construction projects, major drydock evolutions as well as conducting condition and valuation surveys.   

Mr. Taylor has 31 years of previous USCG experience.  16 years as a Senior Marine Inspector / Instructor/ Training Manager and 15 years as a Machinery Technician.


Mr. Logan G. Kise

Traveling Inspection Staff (CG-5P-TI)
Mr. Logan G. Kise
(508) 274-8325

A native of Houston Texas, Mr. Kise Joined the Coast Guard in April of 2001. His first assignment was as a fireman apprentice on board the USCGC Monomoy (WPB-1326) home ported in Woods Hole, MA. Mr. Kise then attended Machinery Technician “A” School at USCG Training Center Yorktown, VA. Following completion of this course, he went on to be stationed at CG Group Woods Hole, then continued to the USCGC Aquidneck (WPB-1309) with Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, and then completed his active-duty career as an MK1 stationed at Maritime Security Response Team Chesapeake, VA.

After his discharge from the USCG, he attended The University of North Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Planning with a minor in Criminal Justice. He rejoined the Coast Guard as a civilian employee in May of 2011 working at Sector Field Office Galveston. Mr. Kise’s career in Marine Safety began at MSU Texas City where he was a Civilian Apprentice Marine Inspector earning numerous certifications within the marine inspection community, conducting regulatory inspections and examinations on tank ships, freight vessels, tank barges, and small passenger vessels. After this successful inspection tour, he served as a journeyman and advanced journeyman marine inspector with USCG District Eight Outer Continental Shelf inspections located in New Orleans, LA. He then returned home to Houston as a Civilian Advanced Journeyman Marine Inspector and Third-Party Oversight Coordinator attached to Sector Houston-Galveston. His newest assignment is with the Traveling Inspection Staff serving as an on-call, traveling technical resource to assist field units, staff elements and industry with any vessel or vessel operation that is deemed unique, high risk, or of special interest.

Current Qualifications include:
Hull, Hull Tank, Machinery, Dry Dock, MODU (foreign and domestic), T-Boat, Barge, Fixed Platform, Floating Production Platform, Low Flashpoint Fuels.