Safety, security, and stewardship are the core elements of the role of the Coast Guard in the Low Country. Captain John Reed, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Charleston discussed the critical role of the Coast Guard in protecting the community and its citizens at the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club meeting on Wednesday evening August 1, 2018.
Coast Guard Sector Charleston includes a marine safety unit, two patrol boats, an inland construction tender, four boat stations, three aids to navigation teams and a detached duty office. The sector is responsible for all South Carolina and Georgia coastal waters. Among all of their responsibilities, boating safety is their “bread and butter” according to Captain Reed, and his team can get to anyone having difficulty in the water within two hours of hearing “mayday”.
Captain Reed became commander of Sector Charleston in August 2017 after a series of billets, including Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence, and service aboard USCGC Mellon, USCGC Chase, USCGC Tahoma and USCGC Aspen. He was also a research fellow at National Intelligence University’s Center for Strategic Intelligence Research. He is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and he lives in Charleston with his wife Jennifer.
-Submitted by Thad Peterson