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Sally Brice-O’Hara

Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara is the 27th and current Vice-Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Brice-O’Hara graduated from Goucher College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1974. She received her Coast Guard commission from Officer Candidate School 1975. She received a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Her previous flag officer assignments include:

* Commander of Coast Guard District Fourteenth, Honolulu, Hawaii
* Director, JIATF West, Honolulu, Hawaii
* Director of Training and Reserve, CG Headquarters, Washington, DC
* Commander of Coast Guard District Five, Portsmouth, Virginia

Her other assignments include

* Director of Personnel Management, CG Headquarters, Washington, DC
* Commanding Officer of Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, the Coast Guard’s only recruit training program
* Member, Commandant’s Strategic Planning Staff, CG Headquarters, Washington, DC
* Deputy Commander of Activities Baltimore and Alternate Captain of the Port, Baltimore, Maryland
* Commander of Group Baltimore, Maryland
* Officer Assignment Detailer, CG Headquarters, Washington, DC
* Planning Officer, USCG Support Center, Kodiak, Alaska
* Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station Cape May, New Jersey
* Assistant Director of Admissions, US Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut
* Executive Officer of Station New London, Connecticut
* Fisheries and Law Enforcement Duty Officer, Coast Guard District Five, Portsmouth, Virginia

Deputy Commandant for Operations

Brice-O’Hara served as the Deputy Commandant for Operations from 2008 to 2010. She oversaw the strategic integration of operational missions and the optimization of policy development and mission execution consistent with the Coast Guard’s national priorities.


Brice-O’Hara is the 27th and current Vice-Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. In a change of command ceremony on May 24, 2010, she relieved Vice Admiral David Pekoske. She is only the second woman to be Vice-Commandant, the first being Vice Admiral Vivien Crea.

Brice-O’Hara’s awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, five awards of the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.


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