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United States Coast Guard
Seventh District

Miami, Florida

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Captain Richard M. Kenin
Chief of Staff
Seventh Coast Guard District

Captain Kenin reported to his current assignment as the Coast Guard Seventh District Chief of Staff in July 2011. Prior to that he served as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Miami where he was responsible for the employment of eleven aircraft and 380 Coast Guard members executing missions throughout the Caribbean Basin. Captain Kenin earned his ‘Wings of Gold’ in 1987 and accumulated 15 years as an operational aviator in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. In addition to Air Station Miami, his tours of duty included Coast Guard aviation units in Mobile, AL, St. Augustine, FL, North Bend, OR, and Houston, Tx, which he also commanded. His staff assignments include: Assignments Officer at the Coast Guard’s Personnel Command, Coast Guard Fellow working on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations in Washington, D.C. In that position he led the most comprehensive reorganization of Coast Guard operations since World War II and achieved the first major step in the Commandant’s Modernization plan. Captain Kenin earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Engineering/Naval Architecture; a Masters of Public Administration from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the National War College. He also holds civilian designation as an Airline Transport Pilot with fixed and rotary wing qualifications. A native of Anderson, SC, Captain Kenin was commissioned in 1984 upon graduating from the United States Coast Guard Academy. Captain Kenin has received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the 9/11 Medal, Coast Guard Commendation medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation as well as various service and unit awards.


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