Base Seattle

U.S. Coast Guard Base Galveston


Base Seattle Command

Commanding Officer

CAPT Khalil

Captain Khalil assumed the duties as Commanding Officer of Base Seattle in July 2021. He is responsible for providing a wide variety of mission support services to units and personnel within the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, including general administration and personnel management, medical, dental, supply, property, military housing, procurement, warehousing, facilities maintenance, naval engineering, computer and electronics support, and morale and recreational services.

Prior to reporting to Base Seattle, Captain Khalil was the Logistics Chief and Commanding Officer of Military Personnel at Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach, CA, where he oversaw all Administrative, Supply, Finance, and Engineering Support for Sector and 13 subordinate commands.

Captain Khalil’s other career assignments include: Student Engineer aboard CGC HAMILTON (WHEC-715), Port Engineer for High Endurance Cutters, Buoy Tenders and Patrol Boats in the Pacific Area; Medium Endurance Cutter Asset Manager at the Maintenance & Logistics Command Atlantic, Chief Engineer of CGC HAMILTON in San Diego, CA, and the Polar Ice-Breakers Systems Manager at Office of Naval Engineering (CG-45) at Coast Guard Head Quarters in Washington, DC where he also oversaw the CGC POLAR STAR’s (WAGB-10) Reactivation Project; and the Long
Range Enforcer Product Line Engineering Branch Chief at Surface Forces Logistics Center in Oakland, CA.

Captain Khalil is originally from Scottsdale, AZ and graduated the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In 2003, he attended the Texas A&M University – College Station and earned a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. In 2006, he attended Averett University and earned a Masters in Business Administration.

His personal Military Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

Captain Khalil’s interests include golf, biking, cross-fitness, weight-lifting, triathlons, football, meditation and travel. 

Executive Officer

CDR Burby

Commander Jonathan (“Jon”) Burby serves as Executive Officer, Coast Guard Base Seattle, providing a variety of mission support services in the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, including: administration and personnel management, medical and dental care, work-life support, procurement, supply, housing, facilities maintenance, naval engineering, computer and electronics support, and morale and recreational services.

Commander Burby attended the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT and graduated in May 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After graduation, he reported to USCGC ESCANABA (WMEC-907) homeported in Boston, MA where he served as a Deck Watch Officer and as the Deck Department Head and Lead Boarding Officer. Commander Burby next assumed Command of USCGC YELLOWFIN (WPB-87319) homeported in Charleston, SC. As Commanding Officer, he sailed over 22,000 nautical miles during 4,050 underway hours in support of Maritime Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and Alien Migration Interdiction Operations.

Following selection for the law advanced education program, Commander Burby received a Juris Doctor in 2009 from the Connecticut School of Law and is a member of the Connecticut Bar. His legal assignments include Staff Judge Advocate and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, staff attorney in the Office of Maritime and International Law, Prevention Law Division, staff attorney at Coast Guard Atlantic Area, and trial counsel at the Navy Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic. Commander Burby also served as Coast Guard Liaison Officer in the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs at the U.S. Department of State where he participated as a key member of U.S. delegations to China, Vietnam, and the International Maritime Organization, and wasr esponsible for formulating and implementing U.S. policy on international issues concerning the oceans and the Arctic.

Individual military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3) with the Operational Distinguishing Device, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Commander Burby and his wife Cathryn reside in Snoqualmie, WA. His interests include mountain biking, birding, and backpacking. 

Command Master Chief

Master Chief  Jesse Duff

Master Chief Boatswain's Mate Jesse Duff enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in September of 2000 out of Guernsey County, Ohio. He is married to Kala and has 2 daughters, Kaliana and Kiralyn.

As Command Master Chief for BASE Seattle, he advises the Commanding Officer on all issues, policies, and initiatives pertaining to mission support services for Coast Guard operations, members and families throughout the BASE’s Pacific Northwest area of responsibility. He assumed the duties of Command Senior Enlisted Leader for BASE Seattle in June of 2022 after serving as Command Master Chief for Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in Connecticut.

Upon graduation from Training Center Cape May, NJ, he reported to Lifeboat Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, WA. He advanced to Boatswain's Mate First Class here and attained Coxswain certifications on the 23'UTL, 26'RHIB, 25'RBS, 47'MLB, and 52'SPC-HWX.

His other assignments include: Lifeboat Station Noyo River in Fort Bragg, CA; Deck Watch Officer and Pursuit Coxswain onboard USCGC SHERMAN out of Alameda, CA; Operations Petty Officer and Executive Petty Officer onboard USCGC TERN; Executive Petty Officer at Station Channel Islands Harbor, at the time the Coast Guard’s only station with designations as both Heavy Weather and Pursuit; and School Chief of the Coast Guard’s Non-Compliant Vessel Pursuit School located at the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, SC.

He is a proud graduate of Command Afloat and Boat Forces Command Cadre Ashore courses, as well as the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, and the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course.

Master Chief Duff’s awards include Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Achievement Medals, a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, and a Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, as well as various other personal, team, and unit awards.