Judges Spotlight: Eugene Johnson

Judges Spotlight: Eugene Johnson
It?s Judges Spotlight Day! We would like to draw your attention to our highlighted expert Judge and former member of the United States Coast Guard ? Eugene Johnson. After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1965, Gene Johnson served in the Coast Guard until his retirement in 1991 with the rank of Captain. During his Coast Guard career, he served on the icebreaker USCGC NORTHWIND and the cutter USCG WINONA (that included a year in Viet Nam). He attended MIT where he earned Master?s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. Among other assignments, Capt. Johnson was Commanding Officer of the Marine Inspection Office in Houston (TX) and Commanding Officer of the Marine Safety Office in Norfolk (VA). It was during his duty at MSO Norfolk that he was the Federal On-Scene Commander for two significant oil spills. His final tour of duty was as the Chief of Marine Safety for the Fifth U.S. Coast Guard District where he also co-chaired the EPA Region III Response Team. He joined the Delaware Bay & River Cooperative in 1991 as Manager, becoming President in 1992. He counts among his major accomplishments his work, representing industry and APICOM, on developing the regulations to implement OPA90, his participation in the development of the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program, and his ongoing work on the DBRC?s Oil Spill Response Plan. While DBRC responded to many spills during Gene?s 18 years, the most significant spill was the Athos I spill in November 2004 in which almost all of DBRC?s resources were utilized over a 4 month period. Gene retired on June 30, 2009 but remains active by volunteering his time and expertise to the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. Thanks Gene ? looking forward to seeing you at OHMSETT soon! Alex at X PRIZE

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