Base Seattle

U.S. Coast Guard Base Seattle


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 Burgess

Commander Kenneth Burgess 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 Kenneth Burgess graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Engineering.  Following his tour as a Student Engineer aboard CGC MELLON (2003-2005) he attended graduate school at the University of Michigan earning degrees in Concurrent Marine Design and Industrial and Operations Engineering (2007).  He began his mission support career at Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific (MLCPAC) supporting the Heavy Icebreaker fleet and spent a year as Aide to the MLCPAC Commander during the standup of FORCECOM and establishment of the Deputy Pacific Area Commander position. After serving as aide he transitioned back to the newly established Surface Forces Logistics Center Long Range Enforcer Product Line arranging depot level maintenance for the High Endurance cutter fleet and earned another tour on MELLON as Engineer Officer (2011-2013). From July 2013 to 2016 he served as the Base Los Angeles Long Beach Executive Officer. Following that tour he acted as lead Contracting Officer’s Representative and head of a Port Engineer cell of the Resident Inspection Office in Seattle, WA from 2016-2019 responsible for oversight of the WMSL Structural Enhancement Dry-Dock Availability completing unprecedented structural modifications to the first two hulls necessary to restore the assets lifecycle fatigue limit. His last afloat position was as the final Executive Officer of CGC JOHN MIDGETT (WHEC 726) where he decommissioned the cutter after 48 years of service before assuming the duties of Naval Engineering Department Head at Base Seattle. Most recently he fleeted up to the Base Executive Officer role in August of 2023.

CDR Burgess is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). From 2007-2011 he served as Vice Chair of the American Society for Naval Engineering Golden Gate Section.  In 2010 he earned the honors of Coast Guard Elite Athlete for his participation in the Armed Forces Marathon and Cross Country teams, his work coaching youth runners, and his organization of Coast Guard participation in several local team competitions.  Commander Burgess’ personal awards include the CG Commendation Medal and CG Achievement Medal.

Commander Burgess is a native of Glastonbury, CT.  He is married with two children.

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.