Captain Chris Conley


Christopher Conley, representing the US Coast Guard, is a national security affairs fellow for the academic year 2015–2016 at the Hoover Institution.

Captain Chris Conley is a coast guard aviator specializing in response operations who began his career by earning a commission from the US Coast Guard Academy in 1994. He holds masters’ degrees in instructional systems design from the University of South Alabama and in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Conley has served at a variety of aviation units, conducting search and rescue and law enforcement operations from Kodiak, Alaska, to Clearwater, Florida. As an instructor pilot at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center, he led the performance technology branch and participated in rescue operations in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He served as the executive assistant to the director of operations at the US Northern Command and as chief of response at Coast Guard Sector in San Diego, California. Most recently, Commander Conley was the commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station in Los Angeles, California.

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