The Coast Guard has announced President Barack Obama’s nomination of Vice Adm. Peter V. Neffenger, currently deputy commandant for operations, as the next Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. If confirmed, Neffenger would succeed Vice Adm. John P. Currier in a change of watch ceremony later this spring.
As U. S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, Neffenger is currently responsible for establishing and providing operational strategy, policy, guidance and resources as needed to meet national priorities for Coast Guard missions, programs and services.
Previous flag assignments were director of Strategic Management and Doctrine, Deputy National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill – the largest and most complex oil spill in the nation’s history – and as commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, where he oversaw Coast Guard operations throughout the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway region.
A native of Elyria, Ohio, Neffenger was commissioned in 1982 at Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Va., and has had a diverse career of operational and staff assignments in emergency response, commercial maritime industry oversight and general maritime law enforcement. Of note, he commanded Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach where he was the Captain of the Port and Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, served as a Coast Guard Fellow to the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations, as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the Territory of American Samoa, as engineer on U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin, and as chief of the Office of Budget and Programs at Coast Guard Headquarters.
Neffenger has earned three Master’s degrees: in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and in Business Management from Central Michigan University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.