SEATTLE – A Westbrook, Maine, native has been appointed as Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard.
Rear Adm. John Currier, currently commander of the Coast Guard Thirteenth District in Seattle, was commissioned in 1976 upon graduation from officer candidate school and was designated as an aviator after completion of Naval Flight training in 1977. As Chief of Staff, Currier will oversee acquisition, human capital, budgeting, communitcation technologies, engineering and logistics for the service.
Currier previously was commander of Coast Guard Air Stations Miami and Detroit. He was also been stationed at Air Stations in Cape Cod, Mass., Sitka, Alaska, Traverse City, Mich., Astoria, Ore., and served as deputy program manager of engineering for the Coast Guard HH-60J and Navy HH-60H helicopter acquisition at the Naval Air System Command in Washington, D.C.
As an aviator, Currier has flown over 6,000 hours and is a graduate of the Air Force Air War College in Montgomery, Ala.
Among his many awards, Currier has been awarded the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross along with the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” device, and Coast Guard Achievement Medal with “O” device.
He currently holds a Masters in business from Embry-Riddle University and was a graduate of the University of Southern Maine. He graduated from Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, in 1970.
Currier is the son of William and Janet Currier of Westbrook and is married to the former Mary Jane Greenleaf of South Portland, Maine. They have two adult sons, Benjamin and Andrew.