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Sector Key WestGuardians of the Keys


Commander John W. Reed, USCG

Deputy Commander

Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida


Commander John Reed assumed the duties as U.S. Coast Guard, Deputy Commander for Sector Key West in May 2013.  In this capacity he serves as the senior advisor and Alternate Captain of the Port overseeing three multi mission stations, five patrol boat crews and an Aids to Navigation Team. 

Commander Reed has served in a variety of surface operations, command and staff assignments. His surface operations tours include Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC MELLON, Seattle, Washington; Weapons Officer in USCGC CHASE, Los Angeles, California; Operations Officer in USCGC TAHOMA, New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Executive Officer in USCGC ASPEN, San Francisco, California. 

Most recently, Commander Reed served as the Response Department Head at Sector Key West.  Prior to his assignment to Key West in July of 2012, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince, Haiti as the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché, coordinating the spectrum of U.S. military efforts in Haiti.  His work in Haiti included collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development for U.S. military support for responses to Hurricane Tomas and a cholera outbreak.  As the Defense Attaché, CDR Reed liaised with the military and security forces of more than 26 nations participating in the United Nations Stabilization Mission to Haiti, focusing effort into areas of overlapping interests to further U.S. Southern Command’s security cooperation objectives.


Additional assignments ashore include: The Interdiction Committee and Liaison to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, District of Columbia (DC); Caribbean Planner at Joint Interagency Task Force - South, Key West; and Staff Officer at Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Defense Operations, also in Washington, DC. 

A native of Canoga Park, California, Commander Reed is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  His academic degrees include a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Military Studies from the U.S. Marine Corps University.


Commander Reed’s military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Coast Guard Commendation Medal (three awards).


Commander Reed and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 20 years and have four teenage children.



KEY WEST, FL  33040

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Last Modified 7/2/2015