WASHINGTON — Vice Adm. John P. Currier, a native of Westbrook, Maine, will become the 28th vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a military change of watch ceremony scheduled for Friday, here at Fort Lesley J. McNair.
The assignment will make him second-in-command of the military service.
Currier is the son of William and Janet Currier of Westbrook. He is a 1970 graduate of Cheverus High School and a 1975 Graduate of the University of Southern Maine. He served as a Westbrook police officer prior to entering the Coast Guard.
As vice commandant, Currier will oversee the Coast Guard’s operations, strategic development, organizational governance, and management of the service’s more than 57,000 employees and 30,000 volunteers. He will also stand in for the Commandant, the service’s most senior officer, when needed.
Currier attended officer candidate school in 1976 and completed flight training to become a Coast Guard aviator in 1977. He performed search and rescue, law enforcement and other duties as a helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Air Stations Cape Cod, Mass.; Sitka, Alaska; Traverse City, Mich.; and Astoria, Ore.
He commanded Coast Guard Air Stations Detroit and Miami. While at Miami, his unit was the busiest air-sea rescue unit in the world, conducting more than 1,500 search and rescue and law enforcement missions per year with a fleet of HU-25 Falcon jets and HH-65 Dolphin helicopters.
Over his flying career, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals awarded for hazardous rescue missions.
Currier was promoted to Rear Admiral (lower half) in 2005.
Since becoming a flag officer, Currier served in several senior leadership positions, including command of the 13th Coast Guard District in Seattle. He has served as the chief of staff and deputy commandant for mission support since 2010. His team managed human capital, procurement, engineering, and information technology, and management of 20,000 Coast Guard active duty and civilian employees.
Currier has received numerous military awards during his career. He also received the 1981 Harmon International Aviation Trophy, 1982 American Helicopter Association Fredrick L. Feinberg Award, 1982 Naval Helicopter Association Search and Rescue Aircrew of the Year Award, and 1983 Alaska Air Command Search and Rescue Pilot of the Year Award. All were awarded for demanding rescue operations.
He earned a masters degree from Embry-Riddle University in 1997 and graduated from the United States Air Force War College in Montgomery, Ala.
Currier is married to the former Mary Jane Greenleaf of South Portland, Maine, and has two married sons and four grandchildren.
The Coast Guard protects those on the sea, protects America from threats delivered by sea, and protects the sea itself across all U.S. coasts and waters. This area includes approximately 3.5 million square miles of exclusive economic zone, 95,000 miles of coastline and 50,000 miles of navigable waterways.