ESAR Marine Operations Commander BJ Dunson has been promoted to the position of Director. In his younger years, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard in 1972 and served for 26 years, retiring as a CWO3 (Naval Engineer).
While in the Coast Guard he was employed as a Maritime Law Enforcement Officer, Lead Boarding Officer, Engineering Officer and Officer of the Deck for two (2) 82 Ft and one (1) 110 Ft patrol boats. He was a Search and Rescue Coxswain for 18', 21', 23', 30', 40', 41', and 55' Rescue/Work Boats.
His last duty station was in Mobile serving as a Marine Investigator and Marine inspector for commercial vessels. He was once assigned to the regional Incident command center and retired as the Chief of Small Passenger Vessel Section. While in the US Coast Guard, he was decorated for several search & rescue and law enforcement missions.
BJ holds an associates degree in Industrial Management Technology from Pensacola State College, and was a member of the State of Florida Medical Reserve Corp for two (2) years Prior to joining ESAR.
BJ has served as ESAR's Marine Operations Commander, and is Certified through the National Association for Search And Rescue (NASAR) Search And Rescue Technician II (SAR Tech II). He is also a graduate of NASAR's Urban Search Management course.
All of ESAR is 100% volunteer, we call ESAR our "unpaid job". For his "bill paying job" he is the owner of Dunson Marine Services LLC, a marine surveying and safety consulting company.