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Rear Admiral John W. Mauger

First District Commander (D1)

U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Mauger assumed the duties of Commander, First Coast Guard District in May 2022. He oversees all Coast Guard missions across eight states in the Northeast including over 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey and 1300 miles offshore.

Rear Admiral Mauger previously served as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, responsible for the development of national policy, standards, and programs promoting Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Stewardship.

During prior flag assignments, he served as the Assistant Commandant for Capability, responsible for identifying and providing capabilities, competencies, and capacity along with developing standards for the staffing, training, equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and employing Coast Guard forces to meet mission requirements. He also served as the Director of Training and Exercises (J7) at U.S. Cyber Command where he developed joint training and assessment standards and orchestrated over two dozen large scale exercises for the Cyber Mission Forces, partner nations, inter agencies, all Services, National Guard, Reserves, and private industry.

Previous assignments include serving as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center, where he served as the Coast Guard’s lead technical authority for the implementation of commercial safety, security and environmental protection regulations. He also served as the 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.

RADM Mauger also served as Military Assistant to the Director, Office of Net Assessment at the Pentagon, where he advised senior defense leaders on competitive strategies; the Coast Guard’s lead budget analyst for the service’s $1.4 billion acquisition appropriation; and 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; 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.

RADM 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 Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Legion of Merit (two awards), Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (five 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, RADM Mauger resides in Wellesley, MA with his wife, Leah, and two children.