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Rear Admiral John H. Korn


Rear Admiral John H. Korn served as the Commander of the 7th Coast Guard District and Director Homeland Security Task Force Southeast from 2013 to 2015.  Prior to that assignment he assumed duties as the Coast Guard Program Executive Officer (PEO) and Director of Acquisition Programs on June 16, 2009. His duties as PEO included management oversight of all Coast Guard acquisition programs and projects, which provide for the sustainment, modernization, and recapitalization of surface, air, command and control, and logistics assets for the Coast Guard’s multiple maritime missions.

Prior to reporting as PEO of the Acquisition Directorate, Rear Admiral Korn served as Chief of Staff and second in command of the Eighth Coast Guard District. The Eighth District is responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations in 26 states, more than 1,200 miles of coastline and 10,300 miles of inland waterways from Florida to Mexico, including the entire navigable lengths of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee River systems. He has served in a variety of operational and staff tours during his career, including the first Commander of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, and Commanding Officer of Air Station Corpus Christi, Chief of Search and Rescue for the Eighth Coast Guard District, Commanding Officer of Air Station New Orleans and Engineering Officer of both Air Station Houston and Aviation Training Center Mobile. He also served as the Chief, Inventory Management Branch at the Aircraft Repair & Supply Center (ARSC), responsible for 90% of the Coast Guard Aviation support budget and all aviation inventories at AR&SC, repair facilities and 26 air stations. He attained qualifications in the HH-52A, HH-3F, HH-60J, HH-65A/B and the HU-25 and completed his Civilian Airline Transport Rating.

A native of northern New Jersey, Rear Admiral Korn graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. He received a master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management in 1989. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the National Defense University, receiving a Chief Information Officer’s Certificate and is a 2004 graduate of the Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and five CG Meritorious Service Medals.

Rear Admiral Korn retired on 1 July 2015.

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