Rear Admiral Penoyer assumed duties as Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District in May 2018. The Fourteenth District conducts search, rescue, and law enforcement operations in 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 previously served as the Chief of Staff, Fourteenth Coast Guard District, advising the District Commander on all Coast Guard missions conducted in the central and south Pacific. Prior to arriving to District 14, Rear Admiral Penoyer served as Commander of Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as the deputy chief of Coast Guard Congressional Affairs. 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. A specialist in coastal operations, Rear Admiral Penoyer served at Coast Guard Sector Maryland/National Capitol Region and at Sector Jacksonville, Florida, where he formulated and led the Coast Guard’s regional response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. 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 Department of Homeland Security’s Chief of Contingency Planning, where he led the interagency teams revising the National Response Plan, Pandemic Influenza Response Plan, and Joint Field Office doctrine. He also served as the Coast Guard’s liaison to theU.S. Department of the Interior and Coast Guard representative on the National Response Team. At Coast Guard Headquarters, he formulated doctrine for marine investigations, coordinated law enforcement policy, and developed the Coast Guard’s enterprise operational data system.
Rear Admiral Penoyer holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland. He also holds a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and is a graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he received the Director’s Award for Academic Excellence. 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.
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Captain Thomas King assumed the duties of the Chief of Staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in May 2018. As the Chief of Staff, Captain King is the principal advisor to the District Commander on all Coast Guard missions conducted in the central and South Pacific, an operating area of over 14 million square miles.
Captain King, a Permanent Cutterman, served as the first Commanding Officer of USCGC MUNRO (WMSL 755), the Coast Guard’s sixth National Security Cutter from 2016 to 2018, where he was responsible for the organization and training of the initial crew and directing efforts to ensure the unit met all post-delivery inspections and certifications to achieve Ready for Operations status. His previous afloat tours include Commanding Officer of the USCGC NORTHLAND homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia and the USCGC NAUSHON homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska. During his assignment onboard USCGC NORTHLAND, the unit conducted operations from the North Atlantic to the Eastern Pacific supporting all Coast Guard missions including delivering relief supplies to Haiti in the summer of 2008, at sea interdiction of narcotics, and fisheries enforcement.
His other afloat assignments include serving as the Assistant Operations Officer on USCGC RELIANCE; as Operations Officer of the USCGC ESCANABA; and as the Executive Officer of the USCGC SPENCER. With the USCGC SPENCER serving as the first major cutter to respond in New Orleans following the devastating landfall of Hurricane KATRINA, Captain King’s leadership and operational expertise was critical in the evacuation of over 3,000 citizens and coordination of 22 Coast Guard units during this immediate humanitarian crisis.
As a Federal Executive Fellow at Brookings Institute, Captain King obtained a Certificate in Policy Strategy. He has earned a Masters in Marine Affairs from the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington and a Masters in Joint Campaign Planning from the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Captain King’s staff assignments include serving as the Executive Assistant for the Assistant Commandant for Resources and Chief Financial Officer. He also served as a Program Reviewer in the Office of Budget and Programs where he reviewed Coast Guard resource policy and proposals for the Coast Guard’s naval, aviation, civil and electronics engineering programs. As the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to Department of State, he served as the U. S. enforcement expert during high-level multinational meetings including providing exportable fisheries management and enforcement workshop for Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. He also was assigned to the First District Office of Law Enforcement as the Assistant Intelligence Officer and General Law Enforcement Officer.
His military awards include Meritorious Service Medals, Coast Guard Commendation Medals and various unit commendations. He originally hails from Agawam, Massachusetts and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1992.
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Master Chief Lori Fields assumed the duties as Command Master Chief for District 14 on 2 May 2018. Her primary responsibility is advisor to the Commander of Coast Guard District Fourteen in Honolulu, Hawaii, regarding issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families. The 14th District includes 12.2 million square mile area of operations extending from the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and activities in Saipan, Singapore, and Japan.
Master Chief Fields previously served as the Command Master Chief for SECTOR Northern New England in South Portland, Maine advising the SECTOR Commander on matters and policies relating to all Coast Guard members and their families in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Prior to serving in Maine she was assigned as the Yeoman “A” School Chief in Petaluma, CA where she was responsible for overseeing the training of non-rated personnel into Apprentice Yeoman and creation of the Yeoman school curriculum. As a Senior Chief Yeoman and then Master Chief Yeoman she served in Seattle at the Integrated Support Command, Personnel Support Services Unit, and then Base Seattle, WA; where she assisted with the disestablishment of the former and stand of the two latter. In December of 2006 she was assigned to SECTOR Anchorage, AK as the Chief Yeoman responsible for the daily administrative and personnel matters of SECTOR units. Prior to a one year tour at Communication Station Pacific in Point Reyes Station, CA she was assigned to Naval Engineering Support Unit Seattle from 2002 and then in 2006; as a YN1 managing the administration office and unit travel for twelve Port Engineers. From 1998 to 2002 she was assigned Group Astoria, OR as a Yeoman Second Class where she managed personnel files and pay for Stations Tillamook and Cape Disappointment and Cutter Steadfast; and as the administration office as a Yeoman First Class. Her first assignment as a Yeoman was at District Fourteen and then Integrated Support Command Honolulu, HI where she processed pay and personnel documents for Coast Guard Cutters Sassafras, Washington, and Assateague. Master Chief Fields non-rated assignment after graduating basic training in November of 1992 was to Group/Air Station Port Angeles, WA.
Master Chief Fields personal awards include four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, and eight Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals.
Master Chief is from Tonasket, WA and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies. She is a graduate of Chief Petty Officer Academy Class 166, Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, and Navy Senior Enlisted Leadership Course Class 186. She is married to SK1 Chuck Fields, USCG (ret) and they have one son, Spencer who is 12.
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LCDR Pena’s personal decorations include the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 Gold Stars), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Gold Stars), and the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Pin. LCDR Pena pinned on his current rate in August 2010, and is now a CDR Select as of July 2016.