Captain Gautier assumed command of Sector New Orleans in June, 2011 and has served in a wide variety of mission areas during the past 24 years. Prior to this, he served as the Chief of the Deepwater Horizon Action Office which oversaw policy resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, where he served for five months as the National Incident Command Chief of Staff. He served as the Chief of Operations for the Deployable Operations Group, which provides deployable specialized forces from 27 Coast Guard units to Coast Guard, DHS, DOD and interagency operational commanders, Chief, Cargo and Facilities Division at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington DC, where he oversaw Coast Guard regulatory programs enhancing the safety and security of 3,200 regulated waterfront facilities, and Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team, Mobile, AL from 2001-2005. Here, he led a team of 42 active duty personnel and 40 reservists on its mission to rapidly deploy with specialized equipment in support of federal on-scene coordinators, preparing for and responding to oil, chemical, biological and weapons of mass destruction incidents and natural disasters.
Captain Gautier has served in key roles in a number of major responses including deputy to the Disaster Coordinator for ESF-10 for the first two weeks of the World Trade Center response, supporting the Environmental Protection Agency in providing federal emergency response to lower Manhattan and the Staten Island Landfill. He also responded in Boca Raton, FL, categorizing and cleaning the Anthrax-contaminated AMI building and local post offices. He served as the Deputy Incident Commander for the San Augustine, TX Incident Command during the Shuttle Colombia Disaster response, served in the Hurricane Katrina response and recovery effort in the Principal Federal Official cell in New Orleans, and has responded to numerous vessel groundings, oil spills and hazardous materials incidents.
Prior to his Strike Team assignment he served as Chief, Port Operations and Chief, Marine Environmental Response at Coast Guard Marine Safety Office San Francisco, ensuring the safety and environmental protection of the waterways in Northern California. He was assigned for four years at Coast Guard Headquarters as a packaged hazardous materials transportation expert, serving as a U.S. Delegate to United Nations and International Maritime Organization committees governing transportation of containers and hazardous materials by sea. He has also served aboard two Coast Guard cutters and has a prior assignment as Commanding Officer, Loran Station Gesashi, Japan.
Captain Gautier is a native of Ridgewood, NJ. He graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Engineering in 1987. He holds a Masters of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters of National Security Strategy from the National War College.