Commander, National Strike Force
United States Coast Guard
CAPT Carter graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science, and holds a Master of Science in Public Health, Environmental Sciences and Engineering degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000.
He served as a Deck Watch Officer and acting Operations Officer onboard the CGC DECISIVE, St. Petersburg, FL from 1993-1995. From 1995-1998, CAPT Carter served at Marine Safety Office Miami where he earned marine safety qualifications in pollution response and investigations.
CAPT Carter served as the MLC Atlantic Environmental Health and Safety Field Operations Section Chief from 2000-2003. During this tour, CAPT Carter deployed as an Industrial Hygienist and Safety Officer to NYC (Ground Zero) and Washington, DC following the September and October 2001 terrorist attacks.
From 2003 to 2006, CAPT Carter served as Executive Officer, Pacific Strike Team where he earned an Incident Commander Type II ICS qualification and served as the Deputy Incident Commander for the 8.4 million gallon post Hurricane Katrina oil spills.
CAPT Carter transferred to Coast Guard Headquarters, office of Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (G-MOR) in 2006 for 4 months before transferring to the Deployable Operations Group Commissioning Cell as Chief of Operations.
CAPT Carter permanently transferred to the DOG as a plank owner from 2007 to 2010. During this tour, he held various positions including MSRT Force Manager and Chief, Domestic Operations where he supervised 12 MSSTs and assisted with the strategic planning and operational support to the National Strike Force.
Starting in 2010, CAPT Carter served as Commanding Officer, Pacific Strike Team where he earned an Incident Commander Type I ICS qualification and served as the Deputy Incident Commander, Incident Commander, and Federal On Scene Coordinator (FOSC) representative for the largest oil spill in United States history, the 206 million gallon Deepwater Horizon spill.
CAPT Carter is a native of Fairfax, VA and is the son of a U.S. Navy WWII combat veteran William and Mrs. Mercedes Carter. He is married to the former Tracy Scirpo of Agawam, MA and has three children; Thomas (15), Elizabeth (13), and Joseph (4).
CAPT Carter’s personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals with “O” device, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals with “O” device, three Commandant’s Letters of Commendation with “O” device and others.
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