Marine Transportation Systems Management
United States Coast Guard
Captain Cook is a native of
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
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.