Captain Kevin C. Kiefer
United States Coast Guard
Commander, Sector Baltimore
Captain Kevin C. Kiefer currently serves as the Coast Guard Sector Commander in Baltimore, Maryland. His area of responsibility includes all Coast Guard missions in the northern Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and the National Capitol Region. His duties include leading as the Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, and the region’s Search and Rescue Coordinator. Captain Kiefer graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1989 and currently holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) and a Master of Engineering Degree (Manufacturing) from the University of Michigan..
Captain Kiefer comes to Baltimore from his most recent position as Chief, Office of Port and Facility Compliance at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. Was responsible for the safety, security and environmental protection of domestic ports, specific focus areas of the office included developing policy for the enforcement of the Maritime Transportation Security Act; implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential; port recovery and resiliency; supply chain security; and strategy for the protection of dangerous cargoes, critical infrastructure, and high value assets. As a delegate to the International Maritime Organization, Captain Kiefer worked on a global supply chain security and maritime trade recovery initiatives at Maritime Safety Committee and Facilitation Committee meetings. He also served as Staff Director/Current Plans at the National Incident Command in Washington, DC for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill response.
After an initial tour aboard the USCGC VALIANT in Galveston, TX, Captain Kiefer served in the Acquisitions Office at Coast Guard Headquarters as the configuration manager for three buoy tender replacement projects. He then transferred to Marine Safety Office Tampa, FL where worked as a marine inspector and was Chief of Port State Control Section. He later returned to Coast Guard Headquarters for a tour in the Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection Office where he worked in the Lifesaving and Fire Safety Standards Division and served as delegate on the International Maritime Organization’s Subcommittee on fire Protection. Captain Kiefer next moved to MSO Corpus Christi, TX where he first served as the Chief of Port Management Department and later as the Executive Officer, during which time he lead the planner for the nation’s largest military out-load operation in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
He later transitioned to Chief of the Prevention Department when the unit joined nearby Group/Air Station and formed Sector Corpus Christi. He was next assigned as Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Huntington Tri-State, the largest inland and seventh largest port in the nation per annual tonnage.
Captain Kiefer’s personal decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, 9-11 Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and an Army Achievement Medal.