Rear Admiral Jeffrey K. Randall serves as the Commander of the Force Readiness Command, and he is responsible for leader development, training, and assessment. Prior to starting his current role, RADM Randall completed one year of academic and professional study as the Coast Guard’s military fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR).
Prior to his assignment with CFR, RADM Randall served as Chief of Staff, Seventh Coast Guard District (D7), headquartered in Miami, Florida. In this capacity, he oversaw all Coast Guard operations in the Southeast United States and the Caribbean basin and led a combined workforce of over 9,000 members. The Seventh District encompasses 1.8 million square miles and engages with 34 foreign nations and territories as well as U.S. Southern Command.
Before serving as the D7 Chief of Staff, RADM Randall commanded United States Coast Guard Cutter James, a National Security Cutter, from June 2018 to July 2020. RADM Randall is a career afloat officer who also commanded Coast Guard cutters Diligence, Walnut, and Staten Island and served aboard cutters Rush and Ironwood.
When serving ashore, RADM Randall served in policy, strategy, and programmatic oversight roles. He served as the Chief of the Atlantic Area Operational Forces from July 2015 through May 2018, where he oversaw the scheduling, employment, maintenance, and administration of all Coast Guard ships, deployable specialized forces, boat forces, and aviation forces supporting Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. Rear Admiral Randall’s other ashore assignments included tours as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the Chief of Naval Operations, Operations, Plans, and Strategy staff, Assistant Branch Chief for Enforcement in the Coast Guard’s Fifth District, and the Executive Officer of the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center.
His personal decorations include three Legion of Merits, four Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Coast Guard Achievement Medal, two Commandant Letters of Commendation, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal along with numerous unit and service level awards
Rear Admiral Randall is from Abilene, Texas, and received his commission from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1993, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He holds a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington and also served as the Coast Guard’s Fellow to the Brookings Institution and Council on Foreign Relations.
Rear Admiral Randall has been married to his wife Linda since 1995 and has one daughter,