Admiral Loy Joins U.S. Naval Institute Board

ANNAPOLIS – The U.S. Naval Institute (USNI), oday announced that former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral James Loy, currently a senior counselor at The Cohen Group, will join the Board of Directors. The USNI Board Of Directors guides the Institute in its mission to preserve and promote Naval Heritage and to foster critical dialogue about the future of national security.

Admiral Loy comes to USNI with a distinguished 45-year career in public service, including a position as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Prior to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, he served in the Department of Transportation as Deputy Under Secretary for Security & as the Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

“Admiral Jim Loy brings a wealth of experience and leadership to USNI especially in the key arena of Homeland Security,” said MajGen (USMC ret) Tom Wilkerson, Chief Executive of USNI.

Admiral Loy retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002, having served as its 21st Commandant. Prior to becoming Commandant, Admiral Loy served as the Coast Guard Chief of Staff and Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area. A career seagoing officer, Admiral Loy has served tours aboard six Coast Guard cutters, including command of a patrol boat in combat during the Vietnam War and command of major cutters in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

His military commendations and civilian honors include the Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Medal; four Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Bronze Star with Combat “V”; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Naval Order of the United States’ Distinguished Sea Service Award, the Seaman’s Church Institute Silver Bell Award, the Navy League prestigious Admiral Arleigh Burke Leadership Award, and the Intrepid Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

Admiral Loy graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1964 and holds Master’s degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Rhode Island. In addition to being a U.S. Naval Institute Director, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin, L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc and RIVADA Networks, Inc.

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