Rear Admiral Brian K. Penoyer
U.S. Coast Guard District Eleven
Rear Admiral Brian K. Penoyer assumed his duties as Commander,
Eleventh Coast Guard District in July of 2020. As such, he oversees the
Coast Guard’s safety, security, law enforcement and environmental
stewardship operations from the California-Oregon border to Peru including
Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. He previously served as Commander, Coast
Guard Force Readiness since July 2018. The Force Readiness Command
directs the activity of 41 subordinate units in 17 states impacting every
Coast Guard Mission…every unit…every enlisted rating…and every
officer specialty…every day…to deliver mission-ready forces through
superior training, doctrine, leader development, readiness assessments,
and major exercise support.
Prior to his assignment as the Commander, Force Readiness Command,
Rear Admiral Penoyer commanded the Fourteenth Coast Guard District.
As the Commander, he directed all Coast Guard missions across the
Central and South Pacific, an area spanning over 12.2 million square
miles and including the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and
the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, with additional activities in Singapore and Japan. The region
encompasses almost half of the U.S. maritime Exclusive Economic Zone and reaches nearly three times the size
of the continental United States.
Rear Admiral Penoyer has extensive operational experience with a specialty in coastal operations. During his
career, he has served as the Commander of Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, as the Deputy Commander
at Coast Guard Sector Maryland/National Capitol Region, and at Sector Jacksonville, Florida. He was the
liaison in the office of the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security during the Deepwater Horizon incident,
deployed during Hurricane Katrina to Louisiana, and again during the Hurricane Sandy to New York. In other
operational assignments, he inspected foreign and U.S. merchant vessels, led oil spill response teams, and
conducted investigations in Alaska during a period of multiple cruise ship groundings and significant, fatal
commercial fishing vessel accidents. In his first assignment for the Coast Guard, he deployed throughout
Europe and the Middle East during the 1991 Gulf War.
Rear Admiral Penoyer’s staff assignments include serving as the Chief of Staff at the Fourteenth Coast Guard
District, as deputy Chief of Coast Guard Congressional Affairs, as a military fellow at the Center for Strategic
and International Studies, and as Department of Homeland Security’s Chief of Contingency Planning. He also
served as the Coast Guard’s liaison to the U.S. Department of the Interior and Coast Guard representative on
the National Response Team. Rear Admiral Penoyer holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the
University of Maryland, a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.
He is a 2015 recipient of the Coast Guard’s Type I Incident Commander qualification.
He has been awarded two Legion of Merits, five Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation
Medals, the Department of Transportation “9-11” Medal, and several campaign medals including the Southwest
Asia Service Medal. Rear Admiral Penoyer is a native of the Chicago area, and a proud University of Chicago
graduate. He is married to Hildi Baker of Madison, Wisconsin, a nurse and equally proud University of Chicago
graduate. Together they have two daughters, Scotia and Teslin.