Coast Guard FORCECOM Commander to Retire Friday

Rear Admiral Timothy S. Sullivan

Rear Admiral Timothy S. Sullivan

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Rear Adm. Timothy S. Sullivan, a native of Milwaukee, will retire on April 1, at 10 a.m. Sullivan has been the Commander of Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) since June 2009, in addition to his position as Deputy Commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area.

Under Sullivan’s leadership, he aligned over 2,700 personnel from 12 training centers, two training teams, five afloat training groups, 11 armories, and five assessment detachments towards the Coast Guard’s newest organizational goals.

Sullivan’s service will be recognized at a retirement ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. He will be relieved by Rear Adm. Stephen E. Mehling who is currently the Director of Operations at Coast Guard Atlantic Area, in Portsmouth, Va.

Prior to standing up FORCECOM, Sullivan was the Commander of Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific. He has also served as the First Coast Guard District Commander and Commander of Maritime Defense Command One. Sullivan acted as the Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, serving as the primary coordinator between the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security as well as operational advisor to the Secretary during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Prior to becoming a flag officer, Sullivan served as Pacific Area, Eleventh Coast Guard District Chief of Staff. He also commanded Group San Francisco during the 9/11 national crisis.

His shipboard commands include the Coast Guard Cutter Mallow, homeported in Honolulu, and the Coast Guard Cutter Juniper, homeported in Newport, R.I., where he had the distinction of being the first “Plankowner” Commanding Officer. He was also the Commanding Officer and “Plankowner” of the Eastern Regional Recruiting Command in Norfolk, Va. Prior to that, he served as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Long Range Navigation station on the island of Saipan in the Western Pacific.

Other afloat tours include Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Mesquite and Acacia in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and Executive Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Papaw in Charleston, S.C. Staff assignments include Eighth District Public Affairs Officer, Coast Guard Headquarters Chief of Media Relations, Press Assistant to the Commandant and Ninth District Chief of Aids to Navigation and Waterways Branch.

Sullivan graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1975 and earned a Masters Degree in Communication Arts and Public Affairs from Cornell University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University, and Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive National and International Security Program.

Sullivan is married to Teresa Sullivan, born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Teaneck, N.J. They have four children, Maureen T. Mauk, 31, Conor J. Sullivan age, 28, Timothy R. Sullivan, 25 and Patrick L. Sullivan, 22.

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