Community Services Command -
Meet Our CO
Captain Robert Whitehouse 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 (CGX) and
program management for the Coast Guard’s Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation
(MWR) programs. CGX operates 66 stores and 49 satellite exchanges, with
average annual sales of $160 million. CGX operations generate approximately
$4 million in profits that fund MWR programs Service-wide, and are used to
recapitalize CGX 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.
Captain Robert L. Whitehouse was most recently Chief of Planning and Force
Readiness, First Coast Guard District from June 2010 to June 2014, after having served in
Coast Guard Headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Budget Development for the
Deputy Commandant for Operations.
He has served in a variety of assignments, specializing in surface
operations and finance.
His initial afloat tour was as a Deck Watch Officer and
1st Lieutenant aboard USCGC Acushnet (WMEC-167), home-ported in Gulfport, MS
and then Eureka, CA after a homeport change in 1990. In October 1991, he
reported to the Primary Crew Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA after
receiving orders to pre-commission USCGC Roanoke Island (WPB-1346).
Following builder and acceptance trials, he led their transit from
New Orleans, LA to Homer, AK, serving until 1994 as her first Commanding
Officer. From 1994 to 1998, he served as the Budget Coordinator for the
Office of Law Enforcement at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. and
following post graduate school, was assigned as the Comptroller at the Coast
Guard’s Integrated Support Command in Seattle, WA from 2000 to 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the Operations Officer and
then Deputy Group Commander for Coast Guard Group Atlantic City, NJ.
Captain Whitehouse graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard
Academy in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematical and Computer
Sciences. He earned a Master’s
Degree in Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of
Business at the University of Maryland in 1999.
awards include the 9-11 Service Ribbon, two Defense Service Medals,
the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of
Commendation, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (with operational ‘O’
device), four Coast Guard Commendation Medals (with operational ‘O’ device)
and the Meritorious Service Medal.
He is married to the former Mary Cress of Eureka,
California. They have two
children, Elizabeth 19 and Bobby 18, and reside in Chesapeake, VA.