CDR Justin M. Carter
USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616)
Commander Justin Matthew (Matt) Carter has served in the U. S. Coast Guard for 16 years in a variety of assignments at sea and ashore as a surface operations and intelligence officer.
CDR Carter’s first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer in U. S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) JARVIS (WHEC 725) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he served as Gunnery Officer, Combat Information Center Officer and Operations Officer. During a two-year tour with the U. S. Navy, he served as Navigator in USS HOPPER (DDG 70), Pearl Harbor, HI, and deployed to the Arabian Gulf for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. CDR Carter then served as Commanding Officer of USCGC KEY LARGO (WPB 1324) and USCGC METOMPKIN (WPB 1325) in Key West, Florida. His most recent afloat assignment was Executive Officer, USCGC FORWARD (WMEC 911) in Portsmouth, Virginia. During this assignment, FORWARD was the first U. S. surface asset on scene in Port au Prince following the 2010 Haiti earthquake and deployed to West Africa in support of U. S. Africa Command and the U. S. Sixth Fleet for the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership.
CDR Carter served as a maritime threat analyst at the U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center and the National Counterterrorism Center from 2006-2009. He was the Coast Guard’s National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Director’s Fellow at Fort Meade, Maryland, from 2011-2012. His most recent intelligence assignment was Executive Officer, Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas at NSA/CSS Texas in San Antonio.
CDR Carter is a 1999 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Government and rowed on the varsity crew. He earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University) in 2006.
CDR Carter’s personal awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (2), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.CDR Carter is a Cutterman and U. S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer.