Rear Admiral Pat DeQuattro assumed the duties of Director for Joint Interagency Task Force South in May 2018.
He most recently served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area in Alameda, California. As Deputy Commander, he was responsible for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within a geographic region spanning from the Rocky Mountains west across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to the waters of the East Coast of Africa. He previously served as Deputy Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he was responsible for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within the geographic region spanning the Rocky Mountains eastward to the Arabian Gulf.
Previous shore assignments included: Executive Director to the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC; Commander of Sector Key West, Florida; Chief of Response Operations at Sector San Francisco, California; Commanding Officer of the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team in San Diego, California; and tours as a design engineer and project manager at Civil Engineering Units in Oakland, California and Providence, Rhode Island.
His shipboard assignments included: Commanding Officer of USCGC SANIBEL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; Executive Officer in USCGC BARANOF in Miami Beach, Florida; and weapons officer aboard USCGC VALIANT in Galveston, Texas.
Rear Admiral DeQuattro has represented the Coast Guard as a Congressional Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives, as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, and as the Coast Guard Aide to Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush at the White House.
Rear Admiral DeQuattro is a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff seminar program and served as the 2008 Coast Guard Federal Executive Fellow at RAND’s National Defense Research Institute in Santa Monica, California.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, various service and unit awards, and the Presidential Service Badge.