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Meet Our New OIC

Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate

Jay Nilles

New Officer in Charge, Station Siuslaw River

Senior Chief Nilles, a native of Temperance Michigan enlisted in the Coast Guard in July 1993. He was first stationed aboard the USCGC Sundew (WLB-404) in Duluth Minnesota. In 1996 he was transferred as a Boatswains Mate Third Class to Motor Lifeboat Station Neah Bay Washington, which began his career in the Motor Lifeboat community. In 1999 he was assigned to Station Chetco River where he advanced to Boatswains Mate First Class, and certified as Surfman (#338). While assigned to Station Chetco River, BMC Nilles was also given the opportunity to serve as the Station (SARDET) Rogue River Supervisor for two years. In 2008 he was transferred to Motor Lifeboat Station Bodega Bay California and was advanced to Chief Boatswains Mate. Following the advancement to Chief Boatswains Mate, BMC Nilles was transferred to Motor Lifeboat Station Umpqua River Winchester Bay Oregon as the Surfman Trainer. One year later, he took advantage of the opportunity to fleet up to the Executive Petty Officer position. Upon certifying as Officer in Charge Ashore and completing 3 years as an XPO, BMC Nilles relieved the position as Officer in Charge of Station Morro Bay, CA on June 18th, 2015.

He is a graduate of class CLXXVIII of the Chief Petty Officer Academy. His awards include, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal (fourth award), Good Conduct Medal (eighth award), and numerous personal, unit, and service awards.
Senior Chief Nilles is married to the former Erin A. Pulley of Brookings Oregon. They have a son Zakary who is ten and a daughter Maci who is 5 years old.