Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker, BS, MA, MSM, DMSM, LM, DSSM, DSM
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker, BS, MA, MSM, DMSM, LM, DSSM, DSM
Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College and serves as Special Advisor to the Board of Governors for Cyber Security and Intelligence. He graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1979, and in 1993, he earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He also completed a one-year National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1999.
Vice Admiral Parker has a distinguished record of ethical leadership. He served over 35 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. His last tour was for four years as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he served as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within a geographic region that ranged from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf and spanned across 40 states and 3 territories. As the Coast Guard’s senior operator, he led the agency’s largest workforce comprised of 26,000 military and civilian personnel and more than 23,000 volunteer members. He concurrently served as Commander, Defense Force East and provided Coast Guard mission support to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).
Prior to this, he served as the U.S. Southern Command’s Director of Security and Intelligence (J3/J2) in Miami, Florida. As the first ever Coast Guard officer to serve as a Director in any DOD command, he oversaw all U.S. military operations and intelligence efforts in the Caribbean, and Central and South America, including the DOD support to coordinated interagency responses after catastrophic earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in 2010.
Promoted to Flag rank in July 2006, Vice Admiral Parker was immediately assigned as the Assistant Commandant for Capabilities in Washington D.C., responsible for identifying and providing service-wide capabilities, competencies, and capacities; and for developing staffing and training standards, and for equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and employing Coast Guard forces.
With over 12 years of sea duty, he commanded three Coast Guard cutters. Sea duty included various missions in diverse environments, including the North Pacific, Gulf of Alaska, North Atlantic, Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.
Vice Admiral Parker’s honours, awards and decorations include:
- Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Legion of Merit
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Honorary Master Chief, United States Coast Guard
As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker 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.