Chief Of Staff
US Coast Guard Ninth District
Captain John Bingaman is the Chief of Staff of the Ninth Coast Guard District, which spans the five Great Lakes, Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the eight surrounding states, including 1,500 miles of international border. He oversees 6,000 Coast Guard active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women serving at 77 subordinate units and on the District staff. He most recently served as the Director of Staff for the Force Readiness Command in Alameda, CA which ensures Coast Guard forces are ready to meet current and future operational requirements.
Captain Bingaman is a Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Professional. His prior assignments include Commander, Sector Ohio Valley, Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Office, Louisville, Kentucky and Executive Officer of Marine Safety Office Wilmington, North Carolina. He has served as Prevention Chief of Pacific Area with cognizance of Marine Safety activities throughout the Western Hemisphere, and Prevention Chief of the Eleventh and Seventeenth Coast Guard Districts. He also served at Marine Safety Offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charleston, South Carolina; and Long Island Sound New Haven, Connecticut in positions as diverse as Chief of Inspections, Senior Investigating Officer, and Chief, Regional Examination Center.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, he graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science in 1984 and later earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Maine, Orono in the early 1990’s. Captain Bingaman’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals and two Humanitarian Service Medals. Captain Bingaman is also the recipient of the Department of Transportation’s Environmental Achievement Award for his work with Cruise Ship wastewater issues in Alaska.