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Meet the CO, CDR Eric J. Doucette

photo of CDR Eric J. DoucettePrevious to the Atlantic Strike Team, Commander Doucette served as the Chief of Response at Sector Long Island Sound. He directed environmental response, search and rescue, law enforcement and security operations throughout the Captain of the Port Zone.

        In 1989, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserves and advanced to Port Securityman Second-Class at Station Burlington, Vermont.  In 1991, he deployed as a member of Port Security Unit 301 to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm.  Upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1993, he was assigned to Group/Marine Safety Office Long Island Sound where he served as a Command Duty Officer and Federal On Scene Coordinator’s Representative. In 1997, he reported to the Pacific Strike Team as the Operations Officer. In 2000, he was assigned as the Chief of Port Operations at Marine Safety Office Portland Maine and following the attacks of 9/11 served as the Maritime Homeland Security Department Head for Maine and New Hampshire.

        In 2004, he reported to the newly established International Port Security Program at Coast Guard Headquarters. He was designated as a Head of U.S. Delegation to assess foreign governments’ implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and in 2005 was selected to serve as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Prevention and Compliance.  In 2007, he was detailed to U.S. Pacific Command Headquarters, Honolulu, Hawaii as the Security Assistance Program Manager for South East Asia.  He oversaw U.S. security cooperation programs and multi-year Foreign Military Sales acquisitions along with grant aid programs in support of American Embassies and Pacific partner nations.

        Commander Doucette earned a Master of Arts from American University’s School of International Service, Washington, D.C. and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. He has earned the permanent boat forces, marine safety and port security insignias.

        Commander Doucette’s military awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Operational Device (five awards), Department of Transportation 9-11 Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal with Operational Device (three awards), Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon with Operational Device (two awards), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Special Operations Service Ribbon (four awards), Kuwait Liberation Medal and various unit and team awards.

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Last Modified 1/12/2016