Coast Guard Sector San Francisco


 Deputy Sector Commander

Captain Howard Wright Sector San Francisco Deputy Sector Commander

Captain Howard H. Wright


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As Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, Captain Wright leads over 850 Active and Reserve Coast Guardsmen operating four Cutters, seven Search and Rescue Stations, an Aids to Navigation Team, a Vessel Traffic Service, and a Marine Safety Detachment.  His area of responsibility spans from the Oregon border to the San Luis Obispo County line as well as much of Nevada, Utah, and parts of Wyoming, and includes over 2,500 miles of shoreline within the San Francisco Bay and its tributaries.

Duties and responsibilities of Sector San Francisco include Captain of the Port, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.

He reports to Sector San Francisco following his most recent tour as Chief of Coast Guard Public Affairs. In this role, he oversaw the Coast Guard’s national media operations, social media program, communication planning, and Public Affairs workforce management.  Prior to that he served as Deputy, Coast Guard Financial System Business Requirements in which he oversaw all aspects of the Coast Guard transition to a Financial Management, Procurement and Accounting Shared Service Provider including requirements definition, business process reengineering, and data cleanup conversion and migration.  His previous assignments include Chief, Coast Guard Strategic Communication, Executive Assistant to the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, and two tours as an HU-25 Falcon Aircraft Commander flying Search and Rescue, Drug Enforcement, and Migrant Interdiction Operations.  CAPT  Wright’s special assignments have included External Affairs Director for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, and Deputy External Affairs Director for the FEMA New York Initial Field Office for the Superstorm Sandy response.  

CAPT Wright is a 1994 graduate of the U.S Coast Guard Academy.  He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and an MBA from Georgetown University.  

CAPT Wright lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Stephanie Ostapowich originally from Edmonton, Alberta CA.