Coast Guard Atlantic Area Chief of Staff Promoted to Admiral

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard Capt. Steven H. Ratti was promoted to Rear Admiral lower half Nov. 2 by Vice Adm. D. Brian Peterman, Commander, Atlantic Area.

Rear Adm. Ratti currently serves as the Atlantic Area Chief of Staff. His duties include the day-to-day supervision of the Atlantic Area staff and serving as the acting Atlantic Area Commander when appropriate.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to have served as commanding officer of four Coast Guard cutters during tours afloat at nearly every rank in my career,” said Rear Adm. Ratti. “I’m honored to be among those few chosen to serve at the highest levels of leadership in the world’s best Coast Guard.”

The Rear Admiral’s father, retired Rear Adm. Ricardo A. Ratti, a 1944 Coast Guard Academy graduate, served in World War II and was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1972. “I’m told by the Coast Guard historian that I’m the first Coast Guard Flag Officer who graduated from the academy and whose father also was a Flag Officer that graduated from the Academy. I’m glad to have the opportunity to continue that family tradition and look forward to the challenges ahead,” said Ratti.

Rear Adm. Ratti’s previous assignment was Chief of Staff for the Fifth Coast Guard District. Prior assignments include Deputy to the Director of Reserve and Training, Coast Guard Headquarters; Company Officer at the Coast Guard Academy; and Chief of the Maritime Law Enforcement School at the Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Va. He also served on the staff of the U.S. Interdiction Coordinator, Office of National Drug Control Policy as the Coast Guard representative and as deputy to the Executive Director.

Rear Adm. Ratti is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Economics and Management. He holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from Florida State University.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (three awards) and numerous unit and team awards.

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