Chief of Staff
United States Coast Guard Atlantic Area
Captain Sean Regan assumed the role of Chief of Staff, Coast Guard Atlantic Area in July, 2019 after a tour as Chief of Operations, Coast Guard Atlantic Area.
Captain Regan is a 1992 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science – Marine Transportation and a Third Mate unlimited tonnage/any waters license. He entered the USCG Maritime Graduate (MARGRAD) program after graduation.
Between 1992 and 2002, he served in a variety of maritime safety and prevention operational assignments including tours conducting inspections (where he became both a hull and machinery inspector), investigations, pollution response, and waterways management at Marine Safety Office (MSO) San Francisco, California and MSO Portland, Oregon. In 2002, he became the “Plankowner” Executive Officer of the Coast Guard’s first east-coast anti-terrorism team, Maritime Safety and Security Team 91102. Then in 2004, he became the “Plankowner” Commanding Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team New Orleans (91112). Under his command, MSST NOLA successfully completed Homeland Security missions in over 12 states and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Notably, MSST NOLA provided immediate critical support in the wake of the hurricane KATRINA in 2005 where he led over 400 security and search and rescue forces in the metropolitan area conducting rescues and providing security for the massive urban search and rescue effort. This effort resulted in the rescue of over 20,000 citizens.
In 2006, he attended the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico Virginia earning a Master of Arts in Military Science. Promoted to Commander in 2007, he served as a Maritime Homeland Security policy-maker in the Coast Guard’s Office of Counterterrorism and Defense Operations.
Between 2009 and 2011, he served at the White House on the President’s National Security Staff (NSS) as Director, Maritime Security Policy and Director, Arctic Region Policy. On the NSS, he advised the National Security Advisor, Homeland Security Advisor and president on issues such as piracy, Arctic oil drilling, mass migration, the Fukashima nuclear release, and maritime security policy.
In 2011, he attended the U.S. Naval War College, College of Naval Warfare, Newport, Rhode Island earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. From 2012 through 2014, he served as Deputy Sector Commander, Sector Southeast New England where he was Alternate FOSC, Alternate OCMI, and SAR Mission Coordinator. In 2014, he assumed command of MSRT, the Coast Guard’s maritime law enforcement counter-terrorism unit. Between 2016 and 2019 as the Chief of Operations for two-thirds of all Coast Guard effort world-wide, he was integral in the saving of over 20,000 citizens during the devastating 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons.
Captain Regan is married and has four children.
Captain Regan’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (awarded five times), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (awarded two times).