C5I Service Center Leadership

Captain Russell E. Dash, Commanding Officer

Captain “Rusty” Dash serves as the C5I Service Center Commanding Officer. In this role he leads efforts to leverage information and situational-awareness technology to deliver products and services that enable United States Coast Guard (USCG) mission success.

Captain Dash graduated from the USCG Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. His first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer onboard the Medium Endurance Cutter CAMPBELL (WMEC 909) in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Beginning in 1996, Captain Dash served as Officer in Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment Five Charlie at the Tactical Law Enforcement Team North in Portsmouth, VA where he supported counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific Oceans, and United Nations sanctions enforcement in the Arabian Gulf. He reported to the Law Enforcement section of the Atlantic Area and Fifth District staff in 1998 where he planned District-wide law enforcement operations.

Captain Dash returned to sea duty in 2001 onboard the Medium Endurance Cutter NORTHLAND (WMEC 904) in Portsmouth where he served as Operations Officer and Navigator. In 2003, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Washington (WPB 1331) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In addition to earning a Master of Science Degree (with Distinction) in Information Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California Captain Dash won the RADM Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding academics and leadership. After graduate school, he was assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in the Office of C4 & Sensors Capabilities (CG- 761) where he managed requirements for IT systems supporting law enforcement and search and rescue operations. He transferred to the Atlantic Area staff in 2011 where he served as the Deputy Division Chief of LANT-6 and was later assigned to the Department of Homeland Security as a Program Manager in the Office of Applied Technology in Washington, D.C.

Captain Dash returned to the Coast Guard in 2013 and was assigned as Executive Officer at the Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center in Portsmouth. He attended the National Defense University where and earned a Master of Science degree in Government Information Leadership with concentrations in Cyberspace Strategy and Cybersecurity Leadership and was designated a Distinguished Graduate. Following graduation, he reported to CG-6 where he became the first Chief of the Office of C5I Program Management (CG-68) and was later promoted to Commanding Officer in 2020.

Captain Dash’s honors include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation medals, as well as other personal, unit, and service awards. He is also the recipient of the 2018 CDR John P. Dailey Award for Outstanding Leadership and Mentorship within the C4IT Community.

Mr. Kevin L. Achterberg, Executive Director

Kevin L. Achterberg serves as the Executive Director of the United States Coast Guard Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber and Intelligence (C5I) Service Center. In this role he orchestrates a workforce of over 2,000 people in the development, delivery and sustainment of all C5I Services for the Coast Guard.

Mr. Achterberg graduated from the George Washington University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

While serving in the United States Navy, Mr. Achterberg was assigned to a number of positions, afloat and ashore around the globe, including Engineer Officer onboard USS SIDES (FFG-14); First Lieutenant at Beachmaster Unit ONE (BMU-1); Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison; Associate Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Study Group; Executive Officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Guam; Combat Information Systems Officer onboard America’s only forward deployed aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) in Yokosuka, Japan and Director of the Secretary of Defense’s 24x7 operations center “Secretary of Defense Cables” at the Pentagon.

After retiring from the Navy in 2010, Mr. Achterberg continued supporting the Secretary of Defense Communications Office as the Chief Strategist and Senior Technical Advisor. In 2013, he was selected to serve as Director of Operations in that office, where he led daily operations to ensure the Secretary and Deputy Secretary were connected and informed 24x7, worldwide, including their sustainment across the spectrum of crisis and contingency operations Continuity of Operations (COOP), Continuity of Government (COG), and Continuity of the Presidency (COP). Mr. Achterberg traveled with the Secretary of Defense as Senior Communications Director, leading operational execution of the communications and command and control support for 14 OCONUS/CONUS trips during his three-year assignment.

His personal decorations include three Secretary of Defense Awards for Excellence, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with four gold stars.

CMC Aaron M. Cordell, Command Master Chief

Master Chief Aaron M. Cordell assumed the duties of Command Master Chief for the Command, Control, Communications Computer, Cyber and Intelligence Service Center C5ISC in June 2020. In this role, he serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Command concerning issues with geographically dispersed Coast Guard personnel assigned    to C5ISC. He is responsible for mentoring and providing guidance in accordance with Coast Guard regulations and C5ISC's mission support, vision, and guiding principles.

Master Chief Cordell enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1993. After boot camp, he served on the CGC CHASE (WHEC-718) in Long Beach, CA before attending Electronics Technician "A" School in Petaluma, CA. His other assignments included ESU in Portsmouth, VA; CGC MELLON (WHEC-717) in Seattle, WA; Instructor Duty at TRACEN Petaluma, CA; CGC BOUTWELL (WHEC-719) in Alameda, CA; TISCOM as HF System Support in Alexandria, VA; Assistant School Chief for ET School, TRACEN Petaluma, CA; Test Equipment Manager at Field Services Division in Norfolk, VA and 2M/MTR Program Manager for Navy Type-Navy Owned systems and Unit Command Master Chief at C3Cen in Portsmouth, VA.

Master Chief Cordell is a 2007 graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer's Academy (Class 144), Senior Enlisted Service Academy in 2014, and Coastline Community College. He holds Associate degrees in Electronics Technology and Office Supervision & Management in addition to certifications in Instructor Development, Course Development, and as a Master Training Specialist.

Master Chief Cordell's honors include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, one Letter of Commendation and other personal and service awards. He is proud to be Permanent Cutterman in our country's oldest continuous seagoing service.