Vice Admiral Michael F. McAllister assumed the duties of Deputy Commandant for Mission Support at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 25th 2018. As Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, Vice Admiral McAllister leads the 17,000-person organization that delivers the systems and people that enable the U.S. Coast Guard to efficiently and effectively perform its operational missions. He is responsible for all facets of support for the Coast Guard’s diverse mission set through oversight of human capital, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology and security.
Previously, Vice Admiral McAllister served as Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, where he was responsible for Coast Guard operations throughout Alaska, the North Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea.
Vice Admiral McAllister also served as the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters United States Northern Command where he was responsible for homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities for North America, and theater security cooperation with Mexico and the Bahamas.
He has served in a variety of operational assignments, both afloat and ashore. He served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the USCGC STEADFAST, St. Petersburg, Florida, and as Commanding Officer of USCGC POINT STEELE, Fort Myers Beach, Florida and USCGC KEY LARGO, Savannah, Georgia. From 2000 to 2003, Admiral McAllister served as Chief, Response Division at Coast Guard Activities New York where he led maritime response and security operations following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City. He also served as Commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston, South Carolina where he prototyped the Department of Homeland Security’s successful Interagency Operations Center Program.
His staff assignments include duty as a Construction Project Manager at Facilities Design and Construction Center Pacific in Seattle, Washington and as Executive Officer of Civil Engineering Unit Miami, Florida. He served as a program reviewer in the Office of Programs and Budget at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, and the Officer Assignments Branch Chief at the Coast Guard Personnel Command, Arlington, Virginia. He was also the Executive Assistant to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, the Executive Director for the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, and the Director of Coast Guard Enterprise Strategic Management and Doctrine.
Vice Admiral McAllister attended the United States Coast Guard Academy, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. In 1991, he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 2004, he received a Masters of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a member of the Sloan Fellows Program. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (three awards), the DOT 9/11 Medal, as well as numerous other personal, unit and Service awards. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.