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Vivien S. Crea
Vice Admiral Vivien S. Crea, 25th Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Born 1952 (age 68–69)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1973-2009
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Coast Guard Atlantic Area
First Coast Guard District
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
Coast Guard Air Station Detroit
Battles/wars Cold War
September 11, 2001 attacks
Awards Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (4)

Flag of the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

Vice Admiral Vivien S. Crea (born 1952)[1] was the 25th Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard under Admiral Thad W. Allen. Crea held the second highest position in the Coast Guard, and she is the first woman to do so. She is the former Commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, and was confirmed by the Senate to her historic post in June 2006. Crea retired on August 7, 2009, and was replaced by VADM David Pekoske.

Crea was the first woman to attain flag rank in the United States Coast Guard.[2]

Background and education[edit | edit source]

Crea earned a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as one from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Career[edit | edit source]

As Lieutenant Commander, she became the first woman from any service, as well as the first service member from the US Coast Guard to serve as the Presidential Military Aide, where she carried the nuclear football for President Ronald Reagan for three years.

Crea assumed command of Coast Guard Atlantic Area on July 16, 2004. This post is the operational commander for all Coast Guard activities in an area of responsibility spanning five Coast Guard Districts, over 14,000,000 square miles (36,000,000 km2) covering the Eastern and Midwestern United States from the Rocky Mountains to Maine and Mexico, out across the Atlantic and through the Caribbean Sea, involving over 33,000 military and civilian employees, and 30,000 auxiliarists. She served concurrently as Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force East.

Crea previously served as Commander, First Coast Guard District, overseeing all Coast Guard operations in the Northeastern United States, from the Maine-Canada border to Northern New Jersey. Prior to that she served as Director of Information and Technology of the Coast Guard as Chief Information Officer and oversaw the Coast Guard’s Research and Development program.

Earlier assignments include Chief, Office of Programs in Coast Guard Headquarters, Commanding Officer of Air Station Clearwater, Executive Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard; Commanding Officer, Air Station Detroit; Operations Officer, Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico; Coast Guard Aide to President Reagan; and many other operational assignments. As a Coast Guard aviator, Vice Admiral Crea has flown the C-130 Hercules turboprop, HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, and Gulfstream II jet.

Crea was commissioned an Ensign in the Coast Guard Reserve upon graduation from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia in December, 1973.

Military Awards[edit | edit source]

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Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
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Coast Guard Aviator Badge
Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit w/ 3 award stars
Meritorious Service Medal Coast Guard Commendation Medal w/Operational Distinguishing Device Coast Guard Achievement Medal w/ 1 award star
Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon w/ 3 award stars Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award Coast Guard Unit Commendation w/ 2 award stars
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 3 award stars Meritorious Team Commendation Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Humanitarian Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Transportation 9-11 Ribbon
Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 2 service stars Expert Rifle Medal Expert Pistol Medal
Commandant Staff Badge

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. [1]
  2. Connie Braesch, Guardian of the Week – RDML Sandra Stosz, Coast Guard Compass, 2009 December 4 (accessed 2010 September 11). See also Sandra L. Stosz.

External links[edit | edit source]

Military offices
Preceded by
Terry M. Cross
Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
2006—2009
Succeeded by
David Pekoske


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