CAPT John W. Reed

Chief of Staff

Eighth Coast Guard District






Captain Reed serves as Chief of Staff, Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In this capacity he serves as the District Commander’s primary advisor and coordinates the engagements of the District Staff with field units, stakeholders, and higher headquarters offices to advance the District Commander’s objectives. The Eighth Coast Guard District oversees Coast Guard safety, security, and stewardship missions from the outer continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico, throughout the Gulf coast from the panhandle of Florida to our Nation’s border with Mexico, and further includes inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and Tennessee River systems. 

Captain Reed most recently served as Commander, Coast Guard Sector Charleston where, from 2017 to 2020, he led Coast Guard operations along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina.  His previous assignments include various staff and operational positions.  Operationally, Captain Reed served aboard four cutters, and as the Response Department Head and Deputy Commander at Sector Key West.  He also served in various interagency and Joint assignments, including two years in the Republic of Haiti as the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché.  Captain Reed’s most recent staff assignments included Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Intelligence, and Senior Military Advisor and Executive Assistant to the National Security Advisor.

A 1993 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management, Captain Reed’s post graduate work includes a 2005 Master’s of Military Studies from Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College.  Captain Reed is a 2009 graduate of the Joint Military Attaché School.  He also completed a fellowship with the National Intelligence University’s Center for Strategic Intelligence Research in Washington, D.C. in 2016.  Captain Reed completed his certification as a Maritime Port Executive through the International Association of Maritime Port Executives in 2020.

Captain Reed’s military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and three Coast Guard Commendation Medals.  Other awards and recognition include the Korea Coast Guard’s Award for Meritorious Service, presented for his leadership during the 2019 rescue of the crew of the Motor Vessel GOLDEN RAY in Brunswick, Georgia.  Additionally, prior to departing Sector Charleston, he was recognized for Excellence in Leadership and Distinguished Service to the Maritime Industry by the Maritime Association of South Carolina.