Capt. Bertsch currently serves as the U.S. Coast Guard senior adviser and a military professor in joint military operations at the Naval War College. Capt. Bertsch, a permanent Cutterman with over 11 years of afloat experience, most recently commanded the USCGC Vigilant (WMEC-617). Capt. Bertsch's staff tours include service on the Joint Staff and as an executive assistant for the Assistant Commandant for Capability. A U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate, he earned a master’s degree from Purdue University, a master’s degree and JPME 1 from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a doctorate from Northcentral University. He also completed a fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University.