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Vice Admiral D. Brian Peterman, BS, MS, MSM, DMSM, LM, DSM, DDSM


© NWC - Vice Admiral D. Brian Peterman, BS, MS, MSM, DMSM, LM, DSM, DDSM - Commander, Atlantic Area (2006-2008), U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) - Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - http://newwestminstercollege.ca


Vice Admiral D. Brian Peterman is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College and serves as Special Advisor to the Board of Governors for Maritime Security and Intelligence. He earned a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education (Biology) from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and a Master of Science Degree in 1988 from the Naval War College.

Vice Admiral Peterman has a distinguished record of ethical leadership.  He is the founder of Eldred Rock Associates, LLC, which provides strategic guidance to the private and public sectors in the areas of maritime safety and security, border security and emergency management.

Vice Admiral Peterman retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in September 2008 after 36 years of distinguished service. His final assignment was Commander, Atlantic Area, where he oversaw all U.S. Coast Guard activities within the eastern half of the world ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf.

Prior to that assignment, he was the Commander, U.S. Coast Guard District Seven, headquartered in Miami, Florida. There he was at the forefront of preventing illegal immigrants from entering the United States, fighting the narco-terrorism campaign in the Caribbean and Atlantic areas in conjunction with SOUTHCOM, responding to eight deadly hurricanes, and managing an aggressive commercial vessel safety program. Also during this period, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security as the Principle Federal Official (PFO) for Hurricane Ophelia. This was the first PFO assignment after the poor federal response to Hurricane Katrina and it spearheaded improvements made to federal disaster preparedness.

Vice Admiral Peterman also has extensive national policy experience. He served as a Director in the Defense Policy and Arms Control on the White House National Security Council staff during the Clinton Administration and led efforts to respond to Gulf War illness claims. Immediately following the terrorist attacks in September 2001, he was called back to the White House, where he served for two-and-a-half years as the Special Assistant to the President for Border and Transportation Security on the Homeland Security Council staff. In this position he bolstered the security of U.S. borders through immigrations and customs improvements, and put safeguards in place to reduce the vulnerability of all modes of transportation. In addition, he helped plan and establish the Department of Homeland Security.

Vice Admiral Peterman has extensive operational, interagency and international experience. He commanded two Coast Guard Cutters: WOODRUSH out of Sitka, Alaska, and CAMPBELL out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. In addition, he served aboard ACHUSHNET out of Gulfport, Mississippi, and SWEETBRIER out of Cordova, Alaska. He was the first Coast Guard officer in the Military Liaison Office in Kingston, Jamaica, where he trained Jamaica Defense Force personnel for peacekeeping operations in Grenada. He also served at the Headquarters, U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, where he managed a security assistance program that required extensive travel in North and West Africa. Later, he commanded the Coast Guard’s key Alaska industrial and operational facility in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Vice Admiral Peterman’s honours, awards and decorations include:

  • Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Presidential Service Insignia

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Vice Admiral D. Brian Peterman is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.