CDR Jeyar Pierce
Commander Pierce assumed the duties as the Executive Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Activities Far East (FEACT) in July of 2022. He is the principle advisor to the Commanding Officer and is the alternate in performing a wide-range of federal authorizations to include Officer-in-Charge of Marine Inspections. Maintaining the Coast Guard’s largest area of responsibility, Activities Far East oversees operations spanning 43 countries from the Hawaiian Islands to the India/Pakistan border, southeast Africa, and as far south as New Zealand .
Prior to his assignment to FEACT, Commander Pierce was Executive Officer at Marine Safety Unit Texas City. His responsibilities included carrying out the Coast Guard’s Homeland Security, Marine Safety, and Marine Environmental Protection missions in the Ports of Galveston, Texas City, and Freeport, in over 120-miles of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, 40,000 square-mile region of the Outer Continental Shelf, and the entrance to the nation’s largest petrochemical complex.
This is Commander Pierce’s fifth overseas assignment in the Coast Guard with the most recent assignment as an International Port Security Liaison Officer (IPSLO) in Singapore. As an IPSLO, he was responsible for assessing anti-terrorism measures in foreign ports through verifying implementation of international conventions and leading bilateral discussions with countries throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Commander Pierce shared and aligned security practices to reduce risks to U.S. ports and ships from bad actors, while also ensuring the security of the overall global maritime transportation system.
Commander Pierce enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2005 and as a Second Class Petty Officer he was accepted to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School, where he graduated in 2006. His other previous assignments include Situational Unit Controller, Sector Guam, Naval Base Marianas; Marine Inspector, Sector Seattle, Washington; Chief, Inspections Division, Sector Key West, Florida; Marine Inspector, Coast Guard Activities Far East, Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan, and Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the Republic of Korea, U.S. Embassy Seoul, Korea.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Commander Pierce grew up in Bellingham, Washington. He is an honors graduate of Chaminade University of Honolulu, holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Historical and Political Studies. Additionally, Commander Pierce holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Northcentral University, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University. Commander Pierce has also completed courses in a variety of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, and Department of Defense mission areas.
Commander Pierce, is married to his amazing wife Miranda, a Coast Guard and Air Force veteran, they have one son Jadon.