CAPTAIN AMY COCANOUR
Captain Amy (Baribeau) Cocanour is originally from Thiensville, Wisconsin. She graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in
1992, and served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter
DEPENDABLE home ported out of Galveston, Texas from 1992-1994. Cutter operations focused primarily on
migrant and drug interdiction, as well as other law enforcement patrols in the
Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. In 1994, she was assigned to the Planning and Port Operations Department at Marine Safety
Office (MSO) Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington, and was selected for graduate
school at the University of Washington, obtaining a Master of Marine Affairs in
1998. While at Coast Guard Headquarters
in Washington D.C. from 1998-2002, she worked in the
Office of Response, coordinating with numerous agencies on oil spill response
protocols and guidance. In 2002, she was
reassigned to MSO Puget Sound as the Assistant Chief of Port Operations and in
2005 the Chief of Incident Management at Sector Seattle.
In 2006 Captain Cocanour
headed to District Eight (D8) in New Orleans, Louisiana as the Chief of the
Enforcement Branch (dre). While assigned
to D8 (dre), she managed the emerging Operation Neptune Shield Ports, Waterways
and Coastal Security (PWCS) requirements and law enforcement operations. Upon promotion to Commander, she transitioned
to D8 Chief of Incident Management, coordinating pollution response support to
Coast Guard Federal On Scene Coordinators, search and rescue policy, and
planning for international exercises with Mexico. She also oversaw the D8 Command Center, which
managed and monitored thousands of search and rescue, pollution, law
enforcement cases and other incidents.
From 2008-2011 she was the
Chief of Response at Sector Honolulu, Hawaii, coordinating the response to
pollution, search and rescue, and law enforcement incidents, including the
response to tsunamis, high visibility
PWCS/HLS missions, and oversight of facility safety/security and container
inspections. She also deployed in
support of the Coast Guard’s response efforts during the Deepwater Horizon oil
Most recently, Captain
Cocanour was the Executive Officer of the Special Missions Training Center
(SMTC) located on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. SMTC is the Center of Excellence for Coast
Guard tactical operations, where the unit trains members of the Coast Guard’s
Deployable Specialized Forces community and boat forces units.
A Wisconsin native, she spent
much of her early years sailing on Lake Winnebago, and the waters surrounding Green Bay, Door County and the Upper Peninsula.
In her spare time, she and her husband compete in triathlons of all
distances. She is a three time Coast
Guard Athlete of the Year, and represented the Coast Guard, Navy and U.S.
Military at several international competitions and the Ironman Triathlon World
She is married to
Lieutenant Colonel Spencer Cocanour, a U.S. Air Force Combat Controller and
Deputy Commander 720th Special Tactics Group, stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Her personal awards include the Coast Guard
Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast
Guard Achievement Medals, and two Commandant’s Letters of Commendation.
Station Milwaukee Ice Rescue training January 2013
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