Rear Admiral Hickey serves as the Director of Operational Logistics (DOL), responsible for the delivery of mission support logistics for Coast Guard steady state and contingency response operations and for planned events of national significance. He ensures common business processes are used by Logistics Centers and Service Centers during the delivery of regional services provided by DOL’s 17 Base Commands. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Coast Guard’s Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, where he was responsible for external engagement with Congress, the media, and other inter-governmental entities.
Rear Admiral Hickey’s Coast Guard career has encompassed operational and mission support tours. His previous assignments include: Special Assistant to the Vice President where he advised the Vice President and coordinated critical policy matters across the White House National Security Council, National Economic Council, Domestic Policy Council, and multiple Cabinet agencies; Commanding Officer, Base Alameda where he led over 500 people in providing all aspects of mission support across the Coast Guard’s Eleventh District; Commanding Officer, Project Resident Office Lockport, Louisiana where he led the 43-person unit in the project management and oversight of the $4 billion Fast Response Cutter shipbuilding program; Chief, Office of Budget and Programs, where he worked with Congress, the White House, and the Department of Homeland Security on the Coast Guard’s annual budget; Executive Officer, Rescue 21 Project Resident Office, Scottsdale, AZ; Program Reviewer, Office of Budget and Programs; Design and Construction Manager, Civil Engineering Unit Oakland, CA; Engineer Officer in Training, USCGC MIDGETT, home ported in Seattle, WA.
Rear Admiral Hickey is a 1994 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy. He attended Senior Service School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned a Master of Science in System Design and Management. He also holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Project Management from the George Washington University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Acquisition Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and is a certified Project Management Professional, a DHS Level III Program Manager and a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California. He has been a fellow at MIT’s Seminar XXI National Security Fellowship.
His honors include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Commendation Medals, two Achievement Medals, and a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.