Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum
April 2012 Luncheon: U.S. Coast Guard Operations Overview
The Speaker for our April Luncheon was Chief of Staff of the Seventh Coast Guard District, Captain Richard M. Kenin. Captain Kenin has been married to Sherry for 23 years and through 14 Coast Guard moves. He is the father of two boys ages 15 and 11. He grew up in a small southern town and set an early goal in life to be a Coast Guard officer. His favorite tour in the Coast Guard: Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Miami, where he got to fly helicopters on a regular basis (his passion), and interact continuously with the fine men and women of the United States Coast Guard.
Captain Kenin's goal today, is to explain the benefit American taxpayers get from the dollars they invest in the Coast Guard, and the pride in public service displayed by every Coast Guardsmen. With this goal in mind, Captain Kenin prepared a special presentation for the NASFL Museum Association and enlightened the attendees with his interactive Operations Overview report.
Captain Kenin reported to his current assignment as the Coast Guard Seventh District Chief of Staff in July 2011. Prior to that he served as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Miami where he was responsible for the employment of eleven aircraft and 380 Coast Guard members executing missions throughout the Caribbean Basin. Captain Kenin earned his ‘Wings of Gold’ in 1987 and accumulated 15 years as an operational aviator in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. In addition to Air Station Miami, his tours of duty included Coast Guard aviation units in Mobile, AL, St. Augustine, FL, North Bend, OR, and Houston, Tx, which he also commanded.
His staff assignments include: Assignments Officer at the Coast Guard’s Personnel Command, Coast Guard Fellow working on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations in Washington, D.C. In that position he led the most comprehensive reorganization of Coast Guard operations since World War II and achieved the first major step in the Commandant’s Modernization plan. Captain Kenin earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Engineering/Naval Architecture; a Masters of Public Administration from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the National War College. He also holds civilian designation as an Airline Transport Pilot with fixed and rotary wing qualifications. A native of Anderson, SC, Captain Kenin was commissioned in 1984 upon graduating from the United States Coast Guard Academy. Captain Kenin has received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the 9/11 Medal, Coast Guard Commendation medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation as well as various service and unit awards.
The Master of Ceremonies for this event was Donald Prichard, Executive Officer for Broward County Sheriff and Executive Vice-President of the NAS Fort Lauderdale Historical Association.