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Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
U.S. Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Thomas assumed duties as Assistant Commandant for Human Resources in June 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for implementing the vision for human capital management; to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse, proficient, effective workforce to meet the current and future needs of the Coast Guard’s nearly 60,000 member active duty, reserve and civilian workforce.
Rear Admiral Thomas oversees most of the Coast Guard's human resources field activities, from accession of new military personnel to retirees’ pay and benefits. She is responsible for the Coast Guard’s health, safety, and work-life programs, sexual assault prevention/response victim support, and leadership and diversity initiatives. She serves as Chair of the Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees, Diversity and Inclusion Chief, Warranting Officer Human Systems Engineering, and President of the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Board. Her previous Flag assignments include Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District and Assistant Commandant for Response Policy.
A 1984 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Thomas served on CGC Vigorous, Valiant, and was commanding officer of CGC Manitou. Further operational assignments included Group-Air Station Atlantic City, Sector Miami Chief of Response, and Commanding Officer of Training Center Cape May, the Coast Guard’s 5th largest base and only enlisted accession source. In addition to her operational tours of duty, Rear Admiral Thomas served in the Coast Guard Academy Admissions Office and at Personnel Command’s Enlisted Personnel Management office. She was also a Program Reviewer at Headquarters, the Executive Assistant to the Atlantic Area Commander and the Atlantic Area Resource Director. Rear Admiral Thomas also participated various Coast Guard studies, including Project Kimball, Coast Guard Academy Task Force, was part of U. S. delegations negotiating international treaties, and as co-lead for the Force Readiness Command design team.
Rear Admiral Thomas graduated with distinction from the Naval War College with a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. She earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy. She has served on non-profit boards, has completed U. S. Naval War College joint and combined force courses, as well as executive education through Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Institute, at the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies and the Department of Homeland Security’s Pacific Executive Leadership Program. Rear Admiral Thomas earned certification as a Type II Incident Commander in 2006.
Rear Admiral Thomas’ personal awards include two Legions of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Department of State Superior Honor Award and various other personal, unit and campaign awards. She earned permanent cutterman status in 1994.
Rear Admiral James E. Rendon
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Rear Admiral Rendon assumed the duties of the 41st Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June 1, 2015. He reported to the Academy after serving as Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West), the U.S. Pacific Command's executive agent for planning and conducting counter-drug strategy in an area of operations covering more than 105 million square miles.
Prior to this assignment, Rear Admiral Rendon served as Assistant Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, the Superintendent’s direct representative to oversee day-to-day operations. Prior to his first Academy assignment, he served as Director of Staff to the Vice Commandant.
Rear Admiral Rendon is a surface operations specialist with a diverse list of assignments over his 28 year Coast Guard officer career. He served as Commander, Sector Northern New England in Portland Maine, as well as, Chief Response, Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Rear Admiral Rendon is a cutterman with afloat tours as Deck Watch Officer aboard Durable, a 210-foot cutter home-ported in Brownsville, Texas; Executive Officer aboard the Patrol Boat Ocracoke in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Commanding Officer of the Surface Effect Ship Petrel in Key West, Florida. Other operational ashore assignments consist of staff advisor, Seventh Coast Guard District Intelligence and Law Enforcement Branch in Miami, Florida, Operations Officer for Group Key West, Florida, as well as Commander, Coast Guard Group Mayport in Northeast Florida.
Rear Admiral Rendon served as Aide de Camp to the 20th Commandant of the Coast Guard. He also completed a Congressional Fellowship in our nation’s Capital, where he worked for the House of Representatives, Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, followed by a two-year assignment as Drug Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House.
Rear Admiral Rendon’s personal awards include a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (6), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and a variety of other unit awards and service ribbons. He is authorized to wear the Cutterman’s Insignia and the Boat Forces Operations Insignia.
A 1983 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Rendon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He also completed study at the National War College, Class of 2005, where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy.
Rear Admiral Michael J. Haycock
Director of Acquisition Programs and Program Executive Officer (PEO)
U.S. Coast Guard
Rear Admiral Haycock currently serves as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Acquisition Programs and Program Executive Officer (PEO). His duties include management oversight of all Coast Guard acquisition programs and projects for the modernization and recapitalization of surface, air, command and control, and logistics assets in support of the Coast Guard's multiple maritime missions.
Prior to assuming PEO duties, Rear Admiral Haycock was the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, and Chief Engineer. In that role, he oversaw all naval, civil, aeronautical, and industrial engineering and logistics for the Coast Guard’s 23,000 facilities, 230 ships, 1,800 boats and 200 aircraft. He also served as Commander of the Surface Forces Logistics Center, where he managed Depot Level Maintenance, Engineering and Supply Chain Support, and Technical Information Services necessary to maintain the Coast Guard’s 1.5 million operational mission hours each year.
As PEO, Haycock returns to the Acquisition Directorate where he previously held positions as the Surface Domain Deputy Project Manager and the National Security Cutter Project Manager. Rear Admiral Haycock received his Level III DHS Program Manager Certification in January 2008.
Rear Admiral Haycock, a permanent cutterman with over 11 years of sea service, has served afloat as Damage Control Assistant aboard USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10), Assistant Engineer Officer aboard USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719), Engineer Officer aboard cutters Mellon (WHEC-717), and Polar Sea (WAGB-11) and as Executive Officer and later Commanding Officer of USCGC Sherman (WHEC 720).
Rear Admiral Haycock's other tours ashore include Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific as the Icebreaker Support Section Assistant, Naval Engineering Support Unit Seattle as the Project Manager for the Polar Console Renewal Project, and as Commanding Officer of the Naval Engineering Support Unit Honolulu.
He is a native of Delavan, Illinois, and graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He later earned a Master of Science Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992.
Rear Admiral Haycock's military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Operational Device, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with Operational Device, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Antarctica Service Medals, Arctic Service Medal and several other unit and service awards.