Deputy Sector Commander
Cmdr. Randall (Randy) E. Brown
Commander Brown reported to Sector St. Petersburg as the Deputy in June of 2015 from Coast Guard Headquarters where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Law Enforcement, Security, and Defense Operations. As the Deputy Sector Commander he serves as the alternate Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and Federal Maritime Security Coordinator while directing Coast Guard operations along the west coast of Florida and throughout the Tampa Bay region. Sector St. Petersburg is comprised of 2700 people and 14 units, including five search and rescue stations, eight cutters, and an Aids to Navigation Team.
Born near Detroit, Brown and his family re-located to Palm Harbor, FL where he attended high school and was accepted to the United States Coast Guard Academy. He graduated from the Academy in 1998 with a degree in Management and spent his first operational tour as a Deck Watch Officer onboard a 210' cutter, the DURABLE, in St. Petersburg, FL from 1998 to 2000.
Brown has an extensive background in multi-mission operations fostered through tours at the District Seven Office of Law Enforcement in Miami, FL, as the Group Operations Officer in Charleston, SC, and at his last field assignment as Response Department Head for Sector Baltimore, MD from 2010 to 2013.
Brown attended Florida State University and earned a Master of Science in Instructional Systems and Performance Analysis Certificate in 2006. He leveraged his degree and served as a Performance Consultant and Training Specialist at Coast Guard Headquarters supporting the National Security Cutter acquisition program, the leadership and development directorate, civilian personnel and the USCG Reserve program.
His military awards include five Coast Guard Commendation Medals with operational device, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with operational device, 9-11 Ribbon, two Commandant Letters of Commendations with operational device.