Rear Admiral Hickey is the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Coast Guard, where he is responsible for external engagement with Congress, the media and other inter-governmental entities. In his prior assignment, he served as 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.
In previous tours, Rear Admiral Hickey served as the Commanding Officer of Base Alameda where he led over 500 people in providing all aspects of mission support across the Coast Guard’s Eleventh District area of responsibility. Prior to reporting to Base Alameda, he served as the Commanding Officer of 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 (FRC) shipbuilding program.
Rear Admiral Hickey’s Coast Guard career has encompassed operational and mission support tours. His first assignment was Engineer Officer in Training onboard USCGC MIDGETT, home ported in Seattle, WA. He served at Civil Engineering Unit Oakland, CA as a Design & Construction Manager and at Integrated Support Center (ISC) Alameda, CA as the Industrial Manager and Assistant Facilities Engineer. He also served as Executive Officer of the Rescue 21 Project Resident Office in Scottsdale, AZ. Rear Admiral Hickey has completed two tours in the Office of Budget and Programs, first as a Program Reviewer and then as the Deputy Office Chief, working with Congress, the White House, and the Department of Homeland Security on the Coast Guard’s annual budget requests.
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. He was awarded the Society of American Military Engineers Oren Medal for outstanding achievement in civil engineering in 2000.
Rear Admiral Hickey is married to his wife Erin O’Brien and is the proud father of five children: Celia, Elise, Lucie, Charlie, and Angie.