Cmdr. Lexia M. Littlejohn
Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida
Cmdr. Lexia M. Littlejohn assumed the duties of Deputy Commander at Coast Guard Sector Key West on June 26, 2017. In this capacity, she serves as the Alternate Captain of the Port, overseeing three multi-mission stations, six patrol boats, and an Aids to Navigation Team.
Cmdr. Littlejohn graduated from the U.S. Coast Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences. Her first assignment was Deck Watch Officer onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Rush where she also gained valuable experience as a Boarding Team Member. In 1999, Cmdr. Littlejohn reported to the Coast Guard National Command Center as a Duty Officer. From 2002-2006, she served as Assistant Chief of Environmental Response, Command Center Duty Officer, and Public Affairs Officer at Marine Safety Office and Sector San Francisco where she led the unit to win the Commander Jim Simpson Award for excellence in public affairs.
Cmdr. Littlejohn was selected for graduate studies and went on to gain Master of Science and Engineer degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University in 2008. Her follow-on assignments consisted of FORCECOM Exercise Support Team Leader from 2008-2010 and Program Reviewer and Drug Budget Coordinator for the Coast Guard’s Office of Budget and Programs from 2010-2012.
In 2012, Cmdr. Littlejohn returned to Sector San Francisco as the Chief of Contingency Planning and Force Readiness where she led design of a Watch, Quarter, and Station Bill database that received honorable mention for the Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award. Cmdr. Littlejohn’s last assignment before reporting to Sector Key West was Coast Guard Congressional and Governmental Affairs where she served as a Fellow for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Cmdr. Littlejohn’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and various unit and team awards. She is married to Conor Heelan of Donegal, Republic of Ireland, and they have three children.