Rear Admiral Jack Vogt serves as the Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District headquartered in Seattle. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific Northwest which encompasses the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and includes more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 nautical mile international border with Canada.
Rear Admiral Vogt’s previous Flag Assignment was as the Assistant Commandant for Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters. He oversaw the development of strategic response doctrine and policy guidance for all Coast Guard forces. Prior to that, Rear Admiral Vogt served as the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Coast Guard, where he was responsible for external engagement with Congress, the media, and other intergovernmental bodies.
Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Rear Admiral Vogt is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government. After an assignment as a deck watch officer and engineer aboard Coast Guard Cutter JARVIS (WHEC-725), he was selected for Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, earning his wings in 1990. Rear Admiral Vogt served at six Coast Guard Air Stations spanning Hawaii, California, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida. He was designated an Aeronautical Engineer in 1994 and served as an aviation engineer in both New Orleans, Louisiana and Clearwater, Florida. He qualified in HH-65 and HH-60 helicopters and the HC-130 aircraft, received the Federal Executive Board Heroism Award for a rescue in Los Angeles and flew rescue missions during Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, he commanded Air Station Savannah, Georgia, and Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii. His staff assignments include Aviation Resource Division Chief in the Office of Aeronautical Engineering at Coast Guard Headquarters, Chief of Staff for the Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska and Assistant Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
Rear Admiral Vogt earned a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University and a Master of Science Degree in National Resources Strategy from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resources Strategy in Washington, D.C.
Rear Admiral Vogt is married to the former Mary Beth Sedlacek and has four grown children, daughter Joanna and husband Ryan, daughter Hannah and husband Andrew, and sons John and Sam. He and Mary also have four grandchildren, Cal, Jane, Beau, and Jack.