The USCG has maintained a continuous presence in Korea since the end of
WWII. In 2007 the USCG created a permanent position at the U.S. Embassy
in Seoul to provide the services align with the missions of the Coast
Guard Director of International Affairs & Foreign Policy (CG-DCO-I) and
the International Port Security (IPS) Program. The office is
located on the 3rd Floor within the U.S. Embassy Department of Homeland
Security - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Attaché.
Duties International Port Security Liaison Officer (IPSLO)
Reports directly to FEACT's Command regarding IPS Program missions
within the Asia Region. The IPSLO carries out the assessment of
the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code)
implementation and other anti-terrorism security measures in foreign
ports. In addition, the IPSLO conducts bilateral discussions to
share and align port security practices seeking to reduce risks to U.S.
ports and ships, and to the entire maritime transport system. The
IPSLO liaises with the countries of South Korea and China.
Coast Guard Liaison Officer (CGLO) to the U.S. Embassy, Seoul
Thru the support and direction from the Fourteenth Coast Guard District
(D14) and Pacific Area (PACAREA) the CGLO move forward CG-DCO-I missions
and is the U.S. Government's representative for all Coast Guard issues.
The CGLO also participates in embassy working groups and exercises and
facilitates visits from other USCG members by providing material support
and arranging courtesy calls with local commands and the embassy.
Interacts with Korea Coast Guard (KCG) on a regular basis to discuss
training opportunities and other areas of mutual interest.
USCG Auxiliary (CGAUX) Coordinator for Korea
The CGAUX maintains a small but dedicated presence in South Korea
comprised of two members that report to CGAUX Flotilla located in Guam.
Their current project is assisting the KCG with implementing a Korean
auxiliary force to provide Search and Rescue (SAR) assistance.
Embassy of the United States, Seoul
32 Sejongno, Jongno-Gu
Republic of Korea
U.S. Mailing Address
Unit 9600, Box 71
DPO, AP 96209-0071
Depending on the services needed, a member assigned to this position as
the CGLO/IPSLO can find support services from the U.S. Emabssy, the
Yongsan Army Garrison, or the Osan Air Base an hour. School aged
children included on the member's military PCS orders must attend the
Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) Korea located on
Yongsan Army Garrison. More information about the DoDDS services
can be found at
Members must apply for a diplomatic passport and a Korean A-2 visa and
allow at 2 months for processing. Members must verify that this is
noted on the PCS orders. See the USCG International Affairs website for
additional information at