CAPT Shannon Gilreath

Chief of Staff

Eighth Coast Guard District





CAPT Gilreath currently serves as the Chief of Staff of the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, LA.  The Eighth District is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states including the Gulf coastline from the panhandle of Florida to Mexico and the adjacent offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and Tennessee River systems.

CAPT Gilreath’s previous assignments include Chief of the of the Coast Guard’s Office of Maritime and International Law at Coast Guard Headquarters where he was responsible for mission law advice to senior Coast Guard leaders and led the U.S. delegation to the International Maritime Organization; Sector Commander and Deputy of Sector Honolulu; Chief of Prevention Law within the Office of Maritime and International Law; Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge; Staff Attorney at the Eighth District Legal Office; Marine Inspector at Marine Safety Office New Orleans; and deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter NORTHLAND.   In 2005, he served as a unified commander for a multi agency task force conducting urban search and rescue operations in the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina.

A 1991 graduate from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a B.S. in Government, he received his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from Tulane Law School in 2001 and is a member of the bar association in the state of Louisiana. He has also completed a one year fellowship as a Senior Military Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a non partisan think tank based in Washington, DC. 

Captain Gilreath’s military awards include three Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, a Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.  He was honored by the Judge Advocates Association with the Coast Guard Outstanding Career Judge Advocate Award in 2011.