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Jun 2006Present

Commander, 8th Coast Guard District

U.S. Coast Guard
Jul 2005Jun 2006

Assistant Commandant for Governmental & Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard
Mar 2003Jul 2005

Chief, Congressional Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard
May 2001Mar 2003

Chief of Staff, 8th Coast Guard District

U.S. Coast Guard
Jun 1999May 2001

Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Office Boston, MA

U.S. Coast Guard
Jun 1997Jun 1999

Chief, Strategic Planning Directorate

U.S. Coast Guard


Aug 1998May 1999

Seminar XXI


Post Masters Fellowship





US Coast Guard Academy


Thad Allen

Honors and Affiliations

Distinguished Alumnus Award in Public Administration & Policy for 2007, State University of New York at Albany, NY

Chairman, John F. Kennedy School of Government Alumni Association, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Member, Board of Directors, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, New London, CT

President, Class of 1975, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT


Rear Admiral Joel Whitehead is the Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District headquartered in New Orleans where he is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations covering 26 states, more than 1,200 miles of coastline and 10,300 miles of inland waterways from Florida to Mexico and including the entire navigable lengths of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee River systems.


U.S. Merchant Mariner's Licenses

U.S. Coast Guard

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