Captain Robert W. Warren

Chief of Staff, First Coast Guard District

U.S. Coast Guard



First District Chief of Staff Robert W. WarrenPrior to his assignment as First Coast Guard District Chief of Staff, Captain Warren served as Chief of the Response Division for First Coast Guard District. He was charged with overseeing Coast Guard operations from New Jersey to the Canadian border, including the security and defense of New York City and Boston Harbors. 

Captain Warren is a Coast Guard Academy graduate of the class of 1992. After receiving his commission, he served aboard USCGC VIGILANT and subsequently as Executive Officer on USCGC SAPELO. After earning an MBA from University of Maryland, he served in the Office of Financial Management before returning to sea as Commanding Officer of USCGC TYBEE, in San Diego, CA. In 2003 he reported to Coast Guard Headquarters to serve on the Commandant’s Office of International Affairs where he coordinated the Commandant’s international travel and foreign policy direction. 

Captain Warren first arrived at Sector San Juan in July, 2006 to serve as Command Center Supervisor before fleeting up to Chief of Response Operations, responsible for all Coast Guard law enforcement, maritime safety and security operations in the eastern Caribbean. Heading back to DC in July of 2009, CAPT Warren reported to Capitol Hill to serve as the Coast Guard’s liaison to the House of Representatives and Director of the House Liaison Office where he coordinated all Coast Guard engagement with Congressional members and staffs regarding Coast Guard appropriations, authorizations and related interests on the Hill. 

In 2012, Captain Warren attended the U.S. Army War College, earning a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies before reporting to the Pentagon to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), supporting the Chairman on Maritime Homeland Defense strategy and policy issues. 

In 2014, Captain Warren returned to the operational Coast Guard to serve as the Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan, where he led approximately 950 men and women in conducting all Coast Guard missions in the Eastern Caribbean. He exercised a wide range of statutory authorities in an operational area which spanned 1.3 million square nautical miles and shared operational borders with 18 foreign nations and territories. 

His personal awards include a Legion of Merit, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a 9-11 Medal, and various other service and unit awards.