Robert E. Kramek

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Robert E. Kramek
Born (1939-12-15)December 15, 1939
New York City, New York
Died October 20, 2016(2016-10-20) (aged 76)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1957-1998
Rank US CG 10 shoulderboard.svg Admiral
Commands held Commandant of the Coast Guard
USCGC Midgett (WHEC-726)
Awards Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Coast Guard Commendation Medal

Robert Edward Kramek (December 15, 1939 – October 20, 2016)[1] was a United States Coast Guard admiral who served as the 20th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 1994 to 1998. During his tenure as Commandant, he successfully led the service through difficult budget battles each year and directed the "streamlining" plan that was mandated by the National Performance Review and "Mandate for Change."


He graduated from high school in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens, New York City. He was also an Eagle Scout.[2] He graduated with honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and also attended graduate schools at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Alaska. Furthermore, he graduated with high distinction from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. in 1998, he was honored with the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award.

Coast Guard career[edit]

Upon graduation from the Coast Guard Academy in 1961, he was commissioned as an Ensign. He quickly advanced through the ranks, accepting assignments such as commander of the High-Endurance Cutter USCGC Midgett, Commander of the Coast Guard base at Governors Island, Commander of the 7th and 13th Coast Guard Districts, Regional Drug Interdiction Coordinator, Haitian Migration Task Force Coordinator, and Coast Guard Chief of Staff before becoming Commandant.

American Bureau of Shipping career[edit]

Following his retirement from the Coast Guard, he joined the Houston, Texas-based American Bureau of Shipping, serving as President of the Americas Division from 1998 to 2004, and as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2006.

Admiral Kramek died on October 20, 2016, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b Janaro, Sarah (October 25, 2016). "In Memoriam: Adm. Robert Kramek, 20th Commandant of the Coast Guard". Coast Guard Compass. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Adm. Robert Kramek, 20th Coast Guard Commandant, Laid to Rest". DHS Connect. May 11, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
J. William Kime
Commandant of the Coast Guard
Succeeded by
James Loy