Sector Charleston Commanding Officer:
Captain John Reed
Commander Coast Guard Sector Charleston & Captain of the Port
Captain John Reed recently served as Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Intelligence. Prior to that assignment, he was a Research Fellow at National Intelligence University’s Center for Strategic Intelligence Research.
Captain Reed has served in a variety of operational as well as command and staff assignments. His afloat experience includes assignments as Deck Watch Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer in USCGC MELLON (WHEC 717); Weapons Officer in USCGC CHASE (WHEC 718), Operations Officer in USCGC TAHOMA (WMEC 908), and Executive Officer in USCGC ASPEN (WLB 208).
From 2012-2015, Captain Reed served as the Response Department Head then Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector Key West. In this capacity he was the Sector Commander’s senior advisor and Alternate Captain of the Port, overseeing three boat stations, five patrol boats and an Aids to Navigation Team. Prior to his assignment to Key West, he spent two years at the U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince, Haiti as the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché, focusing our military’s support toward achievement of United States Southern Command’s security cooperation objectives.
Additional staff assignments included: The Interdiction Committee Staff and Liaison to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Caribbean Planner at Joint Interagency Task Force – South, and Staff Officer at Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Defense Operations.
A native of Canoga Park, California, Captain Reed is a 1993 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. His academic degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Military Studies from United States Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff Course.
Captain Reed’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Coast Guard Commendation Medal.