Rear Admiral Miriam L. Lafferty is the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters, United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). The Directorate of Operations is the principal advisor to the Commander USNORTHCOM on all operational matters, providing strategic guidance to plan and execute USNORTHCOM missions within the area of responsibility; conducting Homeland Defense including land, air, and maritime operations, as well as Defense Support of Civil Authorities.
In her last three tours, Rear Admiral Lafferty has served as the Deputy Commandant for Operations Reserve Officer (DCO-RO) in Washington, DC, the Reserve Chief of Staff to the Atlantic Area Commander in Portsmouth, VA, and District Seven Commander in Miami, FL, providing expertise and strategic guidance on the mobilization and augmentation readiness, training and force employment of Reserve forces. Other Reserve assignments include the Executive Officer for the Coast Guard Reserve Unit at U.S. Southern Command, Atlantic Area Cutter Forces Branch and Sector North Carolina in the Contingency Planning Department.
Rear Admiral Lafferty has mobilized in support of five hurricanes, serving as the Liaison Officer to FEMA Region IV’s Regional Response Coordination Center coordinating Coast Guard and FEMA efforts. She also served as the Homeland Security Task Force – Southeast representative to U.S. Army South for maritime mass migration planning and operations related to Exercise Integrated Advance. During the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Rear Admiral Lafferty was mobilized to serve at the National Incident Command coordinating critical resources and facilitating international offers of assistance for oil spill clean-up.
Rear Admiral Lafferty spent over 10 years on active duty in operational and intelligence positions. Her afloat assignments include Deck Watch Officer USCGC HARRIET LANE, Executive Officer USCGC DRUMMOND, and Commanding Officer USCGC CHANDELEUR where she conducted law enforcement, search and rescue, and homeland security operations.
Rear Admiral Lafferty’s shore side tours include Intelligence Officer for the 13th District’s Office of Law Enforcement, Maritime Intelligence Unit in District 7, and the Secretary of Transportation’s Office on Intelligence and Security.
Rear Admiral Lafferty is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science. She earned her Master of Science in Strategic Studies at the Joint Military Intelligence College (now known as the National Intelligence University).
Rear Admiral Lafferty’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal and Coast Guard Achievement Medal. In addition, she holds a permanent Cutterman’s insignia.