George Butler

George Butler

Speaker-Trainer

Environmental Emergency Specialist / ICS Trainer / Master Exercise Planner – United States Coast Guard (USCG)

Mr. George Butler is the Passenger Vessel Safety for the United States Coast Guard, Fourteenth District out of Honolulu Hawaii. He oversees commercial vessel safety inspection and investigation issues, specializing in the prevention, planning and mitigation of passenger vessel emergencies and mass rescue operations in the Fourteenth District, an area nearly 12.2 million square miles of the Pacific. Mr. Butler is a native of St. Clair, Michigan. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mr. Butler served 22 years of active duty in the Coast Guard prior to retiring in 2006 to take his current position, and has extensive experience in Maritime Safety, Environmental Protection, Mariner Licensing, Inspections and Port Safety and Security. Assignments throughout the United States during his combined 38 years of public service have included positions as Executive Officer, Chief of Port Operations, Marine Safety Inspector, Senior Inspector of Personnel and Contingency Planning Officer. Mr. Butler is a certified Master Exercise Practitioner and has developed a led several international MRO exercises and workshops. He was instrumental in assisting Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands in the development of their national MRO plans and continues to work internationally in assisting nations develop their MRO preparedness

combined 38 years of public service
Mr. Butler remains an active member of the Hawaiian Maritime Community for a total of 20 years and is a member of the Pacific Search and Rescue (PACSAR) steering committee, and a participating member of the Asia Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Authority forum

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