Rear Admiral John W. Mauger

US Cyber Command

U.S. Coast Guard


RDML Mauger recently served as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center, in Washington, DC. In this role, he served as the Coast Guard’s lead technical authority for the implementation of commercial safety, security and environmental protection regulations through the detailed engineering review and approval of 18,000 plans annually for the design, construction and alteration of U.S. and foreign commercial vessels, equipment, and offshore oil and gas facilities.

His previous assignment was Chief, Office of Design at Engineering Standards at Coast Guard Headquarters, where he led the development of safety and environmental protection standards for international shipping and offshore oil and gas activity. In this role, he led an interagency team to promote Arctic safety and the use of alternative fuels as the U.S. Head of Delegation for the International Maritime Organization’s Polar Code and the Code for Gas-Fuelled Ships.

RDML Mauger has extensive experience assisting government agencies with strategy development, resource allocation and succession planning. Assignments include: serving as a Military Assistant to the Director, Office of Net Assessment at the Pentagon, where he advised senior defense leaders on competitive strategies; serving as the Coast Guard’s lead budget analyst for the service’s $1.4 billion acquisition appropriation; and as the Chief of Staff, for the Department of Homeland Security’s 2008 Presidential Transition team. 

His operational assignments include overseeing commercial port operations in Charleston, SC, where he enforced maritime safety and security regulations in one of the nation’s strategic commercial and military ports; conducting commercial vessel inspections and casualty investigations at Activities Europe in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Assistant Engineering Officer of a high endurance cutter in Honolulu, HI. His staff tours include service as Chief of Commercial Vessel Security during the national response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and as an engineer at the Marine Safety Center and the Electronics Engineering Center. 

RDML Mauger earned a Bachelor of Science, with Honors, from the Coast Guard Academy in 1991; a Master of Science, with Honors, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1997; and a Master of Science, with Distinction, from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University in 2011. He is a 2009 Fellow of the Graduate School’s Executive Potential Program and a 2011 Graduate of Defense Acquisition University’s Senior Acquisition Course. 

His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (three awards), the DHS Secretary’s Exceptional Service Gold Medal, and the EPA Administrator’s Silver Medal. 

A native of Jenkintown, PA, RDML Mauger currently resides in Arlington, VA with his wife, Leah, and two children.