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CAPT Pauline F Cook

Deputy Director, Marine Transportation Systems Management
United States Coast Guard

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Captain Cook is a native of Kankakee, Illinois and is a 1987 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering.  Upon graduation and commissioning, she served 2 years as a Deck Watch Officer, Navigator and Operations Officer on a Seagoing Buoy Tender home ported on the Great Lakes. 

In 1989 Captain Cook was assigned to the Office of Navigation at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC as the Operational Facility Type Desk for the Coast Guard’s Seagoing Buoy Tenders and the program liaison with the National Aids to Navigation School.  While assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters, she also completed a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University in Washington DC. 

In 1992 Captain Cook was assigned to US Coast Guard Cutter PLANETREE (WLB 307), a seagoing buoy tender in Ketchikan, Alaska, as the Executive Officer, Navigator and Personnel Officer.  In 1994 Captain Cook received orders as Commanding Officer of US Coast Guard Cutter STURGEON BAY (WTGB 109), a 140 foot ice breaking tug located in New York, New York.  While on STURGEON BAY, she was responsible for facilitating shipping on the Hudson River in the winter, and conducting recreational boating safety and fisheries law enforcement along the New England coast in the summer. 

In 1996 Captain Cook was assigned as an instructor of Nautical Science at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and in 1997 she assumed the duties of the Assistant School Chief and instructor at the Command and Operations School at the Leadership and Development Center.  The summer of 2000 after a brief period in the Coast Guard Reserves, she transferred to the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, and assumed the duties as Chief of the Aids to Navigation Operations Section. 

In 2003 Captain Cook assumed command of U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service San Francisco, where she oversaw the transition of radar-based traffic management to the Automatic Information System (AIS), and initiated several other projects to improve safety and security in the Bay area ports and waterways.  In conjunction with the creation of Sector San Francisco in 2005, Captain Cook assumed the duties of Chief of the Contingency Planning and Force Readiness Staff for Sector San Francisco.  In August 2006 Captain Cook reported to the Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Safety and Environmental Health as the Afloat and Sector Operations Safety Division Chief, where she oversaw the Coast Guard’s safety program for all Sector and Cutter operations.   

In May 2008 Captain Cook assumed the duties of Deputy Sector Commander for Sector New Orleans, LA, where she oversaw over 900 search and rescue cases as a maritime regional SAR Mission Coordinator, and assisted in the Coast Guard responses to numerous oil spills including the DM932 and the Deep Water Horizon spills.  In June 2010 she assumed the duties of Deputy Director of the Marine Transportation Systems Management Directorate at U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters, where she is currently assigned.

Captain Cook’s decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, four Commendation Medals, two Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and Unit and Team Commendations.

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