Wilmington, North Carolina



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Cmdr. Courtney Sergent


Cmdr. Courtney Sergent assumed the duties as deputy commander, Sector North Carolina in June 2023.  As Deputy, she assists the Sector Commander with leading more than 580 Active and Reserve Coast Guard women and men operating eight Boat Stations, three Aids to Navigation Teams, two Marine Safety Detachments, two Sector Field Offices, and one cutter in addition to 750 Coast Guard Auxiliarists.  Her area of responsibility spans 3,375 nautical miles of inland, river, and coastal waterways, two military and economic strategic ports, and three interstate lakes.  Duties and responsibilities of Sector North Carolina include Captain of the Port, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Office in Charge Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.

Prior to this assignment Sergent served as the Sector North Carolina Response Department Head from July 2020 to May 2023. She was responsible for all search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, port and waterways security, and maritime environmental response operations throughout North Carolina.  She also served as a search and rescue mission coordinator, active search suspension authority, and Incident Command System incident commander.

Sergent graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Science. Her first assignment was as a deck watch officer on USCGC Active (WMEC-618), homeported in Port Angeles, Washington. In 2006, she reported to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and served as a maritime law enforcement expert in the Office of Law Enforcement. From 2009 to 2012, she served as a command duty officer at Sector Puget Sound.  Sergent studied ocean law and policy and earned a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington in 2014.  Following graduate school, she was assigned to Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska from 2014 to 2018 as the Domestic Fisheries Law Enforcement section chief, directing federal fisheries law enforcement operations in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone surrounding Alaska.  From 2018 to 2020, Sergent served as the chief of enforcement at Sector Mobile, Alabama managing the execution of all law enforcement and port and waterways security operations across three states.

Sergent’s military awards include three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, seven Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendations, and other personal and team awards.  Originally from Baker City, Oregon, she currently lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with her husband, Michael, and sons Maverick, 9 and Colt, 7.

Last Modified: 6 June 2023