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Welcome to the District 17 Chief of Staff page.

David Larkin is the Chief of Staff for 2023-2024 and oversees the District Staff Officers. He joined the auxiliary component of the Coast Guard after retiring as a Senior Chief Port Security Specialist in 2006. He started his military career in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter-EMT, and after 4 years of active duty he transferred to the Coast Guard Reserve. He was assigned to Marine Safety Office Puget Sound as a marine safety boarding officer, the cutter Cuttyhunk as a deck watch officer, Port Security Unit 313 as the security division CPO, was a staff instructor at the port operations school at TC Yorktown and was the lead instructor for PS “A” school, stood up the very first MSST in Seattle where he was a LE boarding officer and commanded a tactical LE team, deployed to Kuwait with Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron 33 as the operations chief, and finished his career in surface operations at Group Port Angeles.

Prior to coming to the Coast Guard auxiliary, he served in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) as a squadron commander, master ground SAR team leader, and SAR/counter narcotic's mission pilot.

In the auxiliary he joined District 13 and was a member of two different flotillas before creating and standing up a new flotilla on AIRSTA Port Angeles. He has filled just about every FSO elected leadership position, up to and including district chief of staff for D13. On the national staff he served as a branch chief and then division chief for surface operations and now fills a branch assistant position in the training directorate and is an instructor for the Upper Level Officers Course (AULOC). He transferred to D17 in 2019.

On the outside, David has driven just about everything with lights on the roof. He has been a police officer and sergeant for two police departments, a deputy sheriff, and held a commission with the U.S. Marshals. He has been a firefighter-EMT/lieutenant for fiver fire departments, as well as an EMT and Critical Care Transport Nurse for four EMS agencies. He worked for a year as a nurse on cruise ships and five years as a civilian medical officer for the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command with all of that underway. He is a licensed Registered Nurse and EMT-III and works as a house supervisor (administrator) for Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.


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