Lieutenant Commander Schwartzstein serves in the Naval Reserve Strategic Sealift Officer Program and is a member of the Harbor Pilot Detachment. Currently a Maryland pilot, he spent four years on active duty in the Army as a warrant officer sailing on Army watercraft and sailed for ten years in the Merchant Marine as both chief mate and first assistant engineer. He currently holds a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Credential as Master Any Gross Tons Oceans, First Assistant Engineer of Steam, Motor and Gas Turbine Vessels Any Horsepower, and a First Class Pilot’s License for the Chesapeake Bay, C&D Canal, and Potomac River and its tributaries. A 1996 dual license graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, he holds a bachelor of science in marine transportation and marine engineering and a master of science in marine transportation and engineering management from California State University Maritime Academy.