Prior to reporting to the Fourteenth District, she executed and/or supported the Coast Guard's eleven mission
areas at a variety of Coast Guard units including the icebreaker USCGC POLAR
SEA, Marine Safety Offices in Louisville, Kentucky and Galveston, Texas, the
Eleventh Coast Guard District in Long Beach, California, Training Center
Yorktown, Virginia and the Deployable Operations Group in Arlington,
2001, she assumed command of the Pacific Strike Team, with responsibilities
to respond to oil and hazardous materials discharges for the Coast Guard and
the Environmental Protection Agency for the Western United States, Alaska,
Hawaii and the Pacific Territories.
In June 2004 she assumed command of the National
Strike Force (NSF), consisting of the three regional Strike Teams, the
Public Information and Assist Team and the National Strike Force
Coordination Center. Noteworthy responses include the World Trade Center
disaster, The Capitol Anthrax and Ricin incidents and the
massive NSF response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Austin assumed command of Sector Delaware Bay, encompassing the southern
half of New Jersey, eastern two thirds of Pennsylvania and all of Delaware
and directed the execution and support of missions performed by six Search
and Rescue Stations, five cutters, two Aids to Navigation Teams, a Marine
Safety Detachment, Sector Field Office as well as the Sector itself. She
worked closely with port partners from local, state and federal agencies, as
well as private industry and non-governmental organizations. In response to
the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, RDML Austin served first as Deputy
Incident Commander, then as the Incident Commander for the state of
Louisiana, directing the activities of over 19,000 responders.
RDML Austin is a 1985 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Marine Science. She earned a Master of Science in Public Health in Industrial Hygiene from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1994 and a Master of Arts in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in 2007. RDML Austin is a NIMS certified Type I Incident Commander and has earned the designations of Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Emergency Manager.
RDML Austin’s awards include the Legion of Merit, CG Meritorious Service Medal (with Operational Device, 4 awards), CG Commendation Medal (with Operational Device, 2 awards), DOT 9-11 Medal, CG Achievement Medal (with Operational Device, 3 awards) Commandant's Letter of Commendation (with Operational Device, 2 awards) and the Marine Safety Designation.