Commander, Atlantic Area / Commander, Defense Force
United States Coast Guard
Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker assumed the duties as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) in April 2010, 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. Before assuming command of LANTAREA, Vice Admiral Parker served as the U.S. Southern Command’s first Director of Security and Intelligence in Miami, Florida. He was promoted to Flag rank in July 2006 and was assigned as the Assistant Commandant for Capabilities in Washington, DC.
Vice Admiral Parker has over 12 years of sea duty,
including three commands. His assignments ashore have included:
Operations Center Duty Officer for the Twelfth Coast Guard District
and Pacific Area in Alameda, California; Security Assistance Liaison
Officer in Monrovia, Liberia; Professional Development Branch Chief
at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut; Chief,
Pacific Area Operational Forces Branch in Alameda; Chief of
Operations, Eleventh Coast Guard District in Alameda; and Chief of
Staff, Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington.