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CDR Sean Groark

XO's Biography

Commander Sean Groark was born and raised in Northern California in the Sacramento Area. While attending college at California State University, Sacramento he was accepted into the CSPI scholarship program. After graduating boot camp in July of 2004, he went back to college to complete his remaing two years and graduated with a double major in Social Sciences and Government before attending OCS in June, 2006. Upon comminsioning as an Ensign, he was sent to MSST 91106 New York on Staten Island. He woked as a deployable team leader, boat crewman and boarding offcer for two years before departing for Naval Flight School in August 2008. There he flew the T-34C and the TH-57B/C and earned his wings in May 2010.

Commander Groark’s first Air Station was Coast Guard Sector San Diego in California, where he upgraded to Aircraft Commander in the mighty MH60-T. Next he moved to Air Station Kodiak, where he upgraded to Flight Examiner and was selected into the Aeronautical Engineering Program. Following that he was assigned to Air Station Clearwater where he served as the OPBAT Officer for a year before fleeting up to the Assistant Engineering Officer. While at Clearwater he completed his Masters of Business Adminsitration from Liberty University in 2020 and received orders to his current unit, the Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in 2021. At ALC, he served as the Airworthiness Sustainment Branch Chief, Industrial Operations Division Chief and currently as the Executive Officer.

Commander Groark has accumulated over 3,000 rotary flight hours and his professional awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the 2020 CAPT William J. Kossler Aeronatical Engineer Award and selection as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer.

Commander Groark married his wife Sera in 2005, so she has been with him every step of the way for this Coast Guard expereince. They have two wonderful children, a daughter Payton, who is 11 and a son, Asher who is 9.