VICE ADMIRAL WILLIAM “DEAN” LEE
Commander, Atlantic Area / Commander, Defense Force East
United States Coast Guard
Vice Admiral William “Dean” Lee assumed the duties as Commander,
Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) in May of 2014, where he serves
as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions from
the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning across five Coast
Guard Districts and 40 states. He concurrently serves as Commander,
Defense Force East and provides Coast Guard mission support to the
Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders.
oversaw integration of operations, capability, strategy, and
from 2010 to 2012, he served as the Fifth District Commander in
Portsmouth, Virginia where he directed more than 3,000 Coast Guard
active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel. Fifth District units
conducted nearly 20,000 Search and Rescue cases during his tenure
and supported response operations following the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill and Hurricanes Earl and Irene.
Vice Admiral Lee’s staff assignments include: Chief of Staff, Coast Guard Seventh District in Miami, Florida (2007-2009); Chief, Office of Boat Forces at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. (2003 to 2005); Chief of Search and Rescue, Coast Guard Fifth District, (1998-2000); Chief of the Atlantic Area Command Center (1997-1998); Branch Chief, Search and Rescue Division of Coast Guard headquarters (1991-1995); and Instructor, Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia (1984-1988).
Vice Admiral Lee is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a 1981 graduate of Officer Candidate School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Arts from George Washington University.
Vice Admiral Lee's military decorations include the Legion of Merit (five awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (three awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other personal and unit awards.