David Pekoske

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David Pekoske
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Vice Admiral David Pekoske
26th Vice-Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Coast Guard
Years of service 1977-2010 (33)
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Pacific Area
Deputy Commandant for Operations
First Coast Guard District
Group/MSO Long Island Sound
Battles/wars Cold War
September 11, 2001 attacks
Awards Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)

David P. Pekoske is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral. He concluded his 33 years of active service in 2010 as the 26th Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard service[edit]

Commissioned in 1977, Pekoske earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He is a 1989 graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University with a master's degree in Public Administration. Pekoske graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management with an MBA Degree in 1997. He served as a member of the United States Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees from 2006-2008.

His 33-year career has included a variety of operational and staff assignments and command of six Coast Guard operational units. He has served on the west, gulf and east coasts of the United States and on the Great Lakes. Pekoske’s operational expertise is in the operations ashore community. His staff expertise is in strategic planning, program analysis and budget development.

Pekoske served Executive Assistant to the Commandant from 2001 to 2004. From 1999 to 2001, he commanded Coast Guard Group/Marine Safety Office (now Sector) Long Island Sound, based in New Haven, Connecticut.

Flag assignments[edit]

Vice Admiral Pekoske served as Commander, Pacific Area/Coast Guard Defense Forces West in Alameda, California. He oversaw the operation of units performing missions in marine safety, maritime mobility, protection of natural resources, maritime security, homeland security and national defense in an Area of Operations encompassing over 73,000,000 square miles (190,000,000 km2) throughout the Pacific Basin and Far East. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Commandant for Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters. From 2004 to 2006 he was Commander of the First Coast Guard District/Maritime Defense Command One headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Vice Admiral Pekoske served as Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from August 7, 2009 to May 24, 2010. As second in command to Admiral Thad Allen and Chief Operating Officer, Vice Admiral Pekoske executed the Commandant's strategic intent, managed internal organizational governance and served as the Component Acquisition Executive.


His personal decorations include the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal (2), the Legion of Merit (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (5), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (4) and the Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon.[1]

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Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal with gold award star
Gold star
Legion of Merit with gold award star
Silver block letter O
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with four gold award stars and the Operational Distinguishing Device.
Silver block letter O
Gold star
Coast Guard Commendation Medal with gold award star
Silver block letter O
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Coast Guard Achievement Medal with three gold award stars
Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon


Portions of this biography were taken from the Coast Guard's official biography of Vice Admiral Pekoske.[2]

  1. ^ Wadlow, PO1 Kip. "Vice Commandant Change of Watch [Image 2 of 5]". US Coast Guard Atlantic Area. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  2. ^ USCG official biography

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Military offices
Preceded by
Vivien Crea
Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
2009 - 2010
Succeeded by
Sally Brice-O'Hara