Richard Button

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Rick Button is the Chief, Coordination Division, Office of Search and Rescue, United States Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C., and serves as the Secretary to the United States National Search and Rescue Committee.  Mr. Button conducts outreach and engagement for the Coast Guard and the U.S. on national and international search and rescue related matters; is the program manager for the Amver search and rescue ship reporting system; and manages Coast Guard support for the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system.  Mr. Button retired from the Coast Guard in 2006 after serving twenty-two years on active duty and has served twelve years in his current position.  During his Coast Guard career, Mr. Button served on several Coast Guard cutters and twice served as commanding officer.  Mr. Button is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and is a licensed Master Mariner.