Coast Guard Bio for Rear Admiral John P. Currier, Incoming District 13 Commander

Rear Admiral John P. CurrierRear Admiral Currier will take over as the Commander, 13th Coast Guard District on Friday.  Here is his official biography from U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.

Rear Admiral John P. Currier assumed duties of the Assistant Commandant for Acquisition on July 18, 2005.

Prior to his assignment as Assistant Commandant for Acquisition, Rear Adm. Currier served as Coast Guard Pacific Area Chief of Staff in Alameda, Calif.

Rear Adm. Currier was commissioned in the U. S. Coast Guard after graduating from the Coast Guard Officers’ Candidate School in Yorktown, Va., in 1976. He was accepted to the highly competitive 18-month Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Fla., and successfully completed the course in 1977 to become a Coast Guard aviator—earning the privilege to wear the Naval Aviator Wings of Gold insignia—and also the availability for Coast Guard-wide aviation assignments.

Previous assignments included Pacific Area Chief of Operations; Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Miami, which is the world’s busiest air-sea search and rescue unit; Chief of Search and Rescue Operations and Director of Auxiliary for the Ninth Coast Guard District based in Cleveland, Ohio; Commanding Officer of Air Station Detroit in Detroit, Mich., and tours of duty at Coast Guard Air Stations Cape Cod, Mass., and Coast Guard Air Station Sitka in Sitka, Alaska.

Rear Adm. Currier was designated an Aeronautical Engineer in 1982 and served as Engineering Officer at Coast Guard Air Stations in Traverse City, Mich. and in Astoria, Ore. Other assignments have included Deputy Program Manager (Engineering) for the U. S. Coast Guard HH-60J and Navy HH-60H helicopter acquisition at the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, D.C. He is a Defense Acquisition University certified level-3 program manager.

Rear Adm. Currier is a seasoned aviator logging more than 6,000 flight hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. His professional recognitions include, but not limited to the following: the Harmon International Aviation Trophy (1981), the Alaska Air Command Sear and Rescue (SAR), Pilot of the Year Award (1983), American Helicopter Society Fredrick L. Feinberg Award and the Naval Helicopter Association SAR Aircrew of the Year (1982), all awarded for hazardous rescue missions.

He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maine and a Masters Degree of Criminal Justice from Embry Riddle University.

Rear Adm. Currier’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” device, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with “O” device and others.

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