Commanding Officer

 

Commander Bowen Spievack assumed the duties of Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in June 2018, after serving as the Executive Officer, from January 2016 until June 2018.

Prior to reporting to Training Center Yorktown, Commander Spievack served as Deputy Chief, Office of Legal Policy, and Program Development, Coast Guard Headquarters, where she managed all aspects of the Coast Guard Legal Program, including the 300+ member work force. As program manager she was responsible for training, the budget, drafting and implementing policy; and the assignment slate for all Commander, Lieutenant Commander and Lieutenant judge advocates.

Prior to managing the Legal Program, Commander Spievack served as the Team Lead of the Administrative Law Group in the Office of General Law from 2012 to 2014. Before arriving at Coast Guard Headquarters, she was stationed at the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer from 2009 to 2012 where she taught hundreds of Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps judge advocates and sea service paralegals. From 2006 to 2009 Commander Spievack was assigned to Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, serving as an Instructor, Platoon Officer, Academic Section Chief, Chief of Direct Commission Officer School, and eventually fleeted up to Assistant School Chief where she oversaw 5 officer accession programs.

Commander Spievack began her Coast Guard career in 2002; serving in the First Coast Guard District Legal Office where she was an Assistant Legal Officer to Coast Guard Sectors Boston, Northern New England and Southeastern New England, Northeast Regional Fisheries Training Center, and multiple CG First District cutters. Commander Spievack was also assigned as legal advisor to the Incident Command during the 2004 Democratic National Convention and was deployed in the fall of 2005 to augment the Eighth Coast Guard District Legal Staff in support of response operations to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Commander Spievack graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Spanish. Her undergraduate academic program included one year of study at the Universidad de Autónoma in Madrid, Spain. In 2001 she received a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. From 2001 - 2002, she served in a one-year appointment as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Commander Spievack’s personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

Commander Spievack was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is an avid fan of the New England Patriots.