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CCGNRC Nation Co-Chairs Biographies

RADM John Acton, USCGR, Ret.
RADM John Acton Photo Current Civilian Employer: Dept of Homeland Security

Source of Commission: U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1976)

College / University: U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1976)

Advanced Training / Degrees: MBA, Columbia University

Coast Guard Assignments:

Active Duty
  • Executive Director, 2008 DHS Presidential Transition (recalled from retirement)
  • Deputy of Operations (J3D), NORTHCOM, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Senior CG Liaison, Hurricane Katrina response

Reserve Duty
  • Deputy Commander, CG Atlantic Area
  • CO, PSU 308, Gulfport, MS

Major Military Awards:
  • Distinguished Service Medals (2)
  • Legion of Merit Medals (3)
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • CG Commendation Medals (3)
  • Antarctic Service Medal
  • Arctic Service Medals (2)

Senior Services Schools / Courses
  • Naval War College (3 courses)
  • Army War College (1 course)
  • National Defense University (Capstone)
  • Harvard (Homeland Security for General Officers)
  • Harvard (National Security Studies Seminar)

Post-Graduate Studies:
  • UNC Chapel Hill (CNO's Business Acumen for Flag Officers)
  • Harvard (Meta-Leadership for Executives)
  • Yale (Middle East Studies)
Last Modified 1/12/2016