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Vice Admiral Scott A. Buschman


Commander, Atlantic Area
Commander, Defense Force East
Director, DHS Joint Task Force - East










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Vice Admiral Scott A. Buschman assumed the duties as the Atlantic Area Commander after serving as the Deputy Commander, Atlantic Area from July 2017 to May 2018. He serves as the operational commander for all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states.  In addition to his duties at Atlantic Area, he serves as Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force East, which provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders.  He concurrently serves as Director, DHS Joint Task Force - East, responsible for achieving the objectives of the DHS Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan throughout his Joint Operating Area, which covers the Caribbean Ocean and Eastern Pacific Region and Central America.


Prior flag officer assignments include Commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District headquartered in Miami, Florida where he was responsible for all Coast Guard operations in the Southeast United States and the Caribbean Basin including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Commander Force Readiness Command.


As a Cutterman, Vice Admiral Buschman served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC SHERMAN, Navigation Officer in Charge aboard USCGC ESCANABA, Boston, MA and Commanding Officer aboard USCGC VASHON. His other operational assignments include Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Group Key West and Commander, Coast Guard Sector Key West.   Previous staff assignments include: Coast Guard’s Deputy Assistant Commandant for Capability, Coast Guard Seventh District’s Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant for Operations, Program Reviewer at Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Programs, Liaison Officer to the U.S. Department of State, Chief of Congressional Hearings Section, and Deputy Chief of the Office of Budget and Programs.


Vice Admiral Buschman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy; a Masters of Public Administration from The George Washington University; and a Masters of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of the Sloan Fellows Program. He is originally from Peterborough, New Hampshire, and received his commission in 1984 after graduating from the United States Coast Guard Academy.


Vice Admiral Buschman’s personal awards include six Legions of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation medals, the Transportation 9/11 Medal the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation as well as various service and unit awards.