Rear Admiral John Nadeau serves as the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District and is responsible for Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states, including the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Florida to Mexico, the adjacent offshore waters and outer continental shelf, and the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee River systems.
His previous assignment was as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, where he was responsible for oversight and program management for all Coast Guard commercial vessel inspections, marine casualty investigations, navigation services, commercial regulations and standards, recreational boating safety, port and facilities safety and security, waterways management, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, and port state control.
His first flag officer assignment was as the Assistant Commandant for Capability. In this role, he was charged with identifying and providing service-wide capabilities, and developing standards for staffing, training, equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and employing forces to meet all U.S. Coast Guard mission requirements.
Specializing in Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection for the majority of his career, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center in Washington, DC and Marine Safety Unit Wilmington, North Carolina. Other tours include Chief of Inspections at Marine Safety Office Corpus Christi, Texas; Senior Investigating Officer at Activities Baltimore, Maryland; and Chief of the Office of Design and Engineering Standards at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.
A native of Saco, Maine, Rear Admiral Nadeau graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and obtained advanced degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School, is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Virginia, and an alumnus of Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He and his wife, Karen, have three children – JT, Jacob, and Nicole.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Transportation 9/11 Medal.