CDR Pat Hilbert assumed the duties of Deputy Commander, Sector Juneau in July 2013. The command consists of approximately 250 active duty, reserve, auxiliary, and civilian members with ten field commands and detachments. The Sector is responsible for overseeing a wide array of Coast Guard missions in Southeast Alaska, including Search and Rescue, Marine Safety, Marine Environmental Protection, Homeland Security, Aids to Navigation and Waterways Management, Living Marine Resources Law Enforcement, and Illegal Drug Interdiction.
CDR Hilbert's previous operational tours include assignment as a Deck Watch Officer and First Lieutenant on USCGC RELIANCE where he supervised 21 personnel and conducted fisheries and illegal migrant law enforcement boardings in the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area; and assignment as a Coast Guard Marine Inspector and the Assistant Port Safety and Security Branch Chief at Coast Guard Sector New York where he supervised more than 60 Coast Guard active duty and reservists to execute the Coast Guard Port State Control program, vessel pre-arrival screening and manage facility, container and explosive load out inspection programs in the United States 2nd largest port.
His previous staff assignments include assignment as a program analyst in the Office of Performance Management and Assessment at USCG Headquarters' Washington, D.C. ; a Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the Department of Homelands Security's Office of Policy Strategic Planning Division in Washington, D.C. where he worked on implementation of the Secretary's Goals and Priorities; and a Staff Engineer and Salvage Engineering Response Team member at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center located in Washington, D.C.
A native of Spencerport, New York, CDR Hilbert graduated and received his commission from the United Sates Coast Guard Academy in 1995 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. In 1997, Commander Hilbert earned a Chemical Engineering Master of Science Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
His personal awards include DHS Secretary's Award of Excellence, a Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal. He has also earned designation as U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Professional.
CDR Hilbert is married to the former Andrea Wachowiak of Mukwonago, Wisconsin.