Community Services Command -
Meet Our CO
Captain Robert E. McKenna
Community Services Command
Captain Robert McKenna is the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard
Community Services Command where he is responsible for the leadership and
operations of the Coast Guard Exchange System (CGES) and program management
for the Coast Guard’s Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation (MWR) programs.
CGES operates 66 stores and 49 satellite exchanges, with average annual
sales of $163 million. CGES operations generate approximately $7 million in
profits that fund MWR programs Service-wide, and are used to recapitalize
CGES facilities. Coast Guard MWR programs provide a valuable non-pay
compensation benefit to active duty members, their families, and other
eligible patrons in support of mission readiness and retention.
Prior to leading the Community Services Command, Captain McKenna served as
the Comptroller at the United States Coast Guard Academy from 2009 to 2011.
In this position he was responsible for the management and oversight of the
Academy’s annual $24 million operating budget and the $2 million
non-appropriated budget. In addition, he was responsible for the oversight
of $20 million of general property, $11 million in the cadet pay account,
the Academy’s $6 million galley contract, and the Academy Clothing Locker
with annual sales of $1.5 million.
His previous assignments include the Response Department Head at Sector Long
Island Sound where he was responsible for the management and oversight of
all Coast Guard Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Pollution Response,
and Law Enforcement missions in Connecticut and Suffolk and Nassau Counties
on Long Island. Captain McKenna also served as the Planning Officer for the
First Coast Guard District and was responsible for the personnel, budget,
and civil engineering project planning for Coast Guard units from Maine to
New Jersey. He served as the Deputy Group Commander at Group Portland
overseeing search and rescue, homeland security, and law enforcement
operations in Maine and New Hampshire. Prior to that, he was at Coast Guard
Headquarters in Washington, DC serving in the Office of Budget and Office of
Financial Management. He was the Executive Officer of the Coast Guard
Tactical Law Enforcement Team (North), and Officer in Charge of Coast Guard
Group Hampton Roads Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET). His first assignment
upon graduating from the Coast Guard Academy was to the Coast Guard Cutter
Captain McKenna graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1989 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He earned a Masters Degree in
Business Administration from the University of Maryland in January, 1996.
Captain McKenna’s personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals,
four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Navy Achievement Medal, the
Southwest Asia Service Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.
Originally from Drexel Hill, PA, Captain McKenna is married to Caroline
McKenna (McShane) of Lindenwold, NJ. They have four sons, Robert (18), Brian
(16), Jack (11), and Brendan (10).