Sector Delaware Bay

1 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 271-4800

Normal Hours of Operation
0730 - 1600

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USCG Sector Delaware Bay
Philadelphia, PA



Command - Deputy Sector Commander 

Captain McClain assumed the duties as Deputy Commander, Sector Delaware Bay in June 2020. In this capacity, he oversees more than 750 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel; 2,100 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, and 22 Coast Guard units, including six stations, five season stations (small), two aids to navigation teams, five cutters, a Sector Field Office, and a Marine Safety Detachment. Sector Delaware Bay is responsible for all eleven Coast Guard missions across much of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and all of Delaware out to 200 miles offshore. His most recent assignments included serving as Executive Officer of the Coast Guard Recruiting Command from 2019-2020 and attending Senior Service School at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he achieved Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) – Level II certification in June 2019. 

Captain McClain’s previous operational tours include serving as Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 2015-2018, exercising authorities as Captain of the Port, Officer-In-Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator where he was responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia. From 2010-2013, he served as Executive Officer at Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles, Louisiana with oversight of operations throughout Southwest Louisiana. Other assignments include Sector Lower Mississippi River from 2005-2008 where he served as Chief, Inspections and Investigations Division; Marine Safety Office Memphis, Tennessee from 2004-2005 as Chief, Port Operations Department; and Marine Safety Office Houston-Galveston, Texas from 2000-2004 serving as Chief of the Contingency Planning Division, Chief of Marine Environmental Protection Division, an Investigating Officer, and Command Duty Officer.

Captain McClain’s previous staff assignments include serving as Assignment Officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center’s Officer Personnel Management Division. He was responsible for the worldwide assignment of Prevention specialty officers, managing both the senior (O-5/O-4) and junior (O-3 to O-1) accounts, which ensured proper development and staffing for mission execution throughout the Coast Guard from 2013-2015. From 2008-2010, he served as a Coast Guard Liaison Officer detailed to the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters (DHS) Policy Directorate and from 1999-2000, he served at Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Response (G-MOR), performing duties as Assistant Chief of the Vessel Response Plans Program.

Captain McClain is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2019, a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Webster University in 2007, a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1998, a Diploma from the Air Force Command and Staff College Nonresident Seminar Program achieving JPME – Level I certification in 2018, and an Executive Certificate in Leadership and Management from the University of Notre Dame in 2013.  His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (4), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (2), as well as other personal and unit awards.  





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