Committee Member

Rear Admiral (Retired) Cari B. Thomas, USCG
Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

Other Positions /
Employment /
Community Involvement

  • Chief Executive Officer, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
  • Serves on the Navy Mutual Aid Association Board
  • Former National Executive Director, Navy League of the United States
  • Named a United States International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ambassador in 2015

Prior Military Service
or Affiliation

  • Retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2016, after 32 years
  • Last operational assignment, Commander, District 14 (Honolulu, HI)
  • Commanded units both afloat and ashore

Highest Education

  • Georgetown University, Certificate in Non-Profit Management
  • Harvard University, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative
  • Master of Science, National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College
  • Master of Science, Educational Leadership, Troy University
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Achievements /
Awards /

  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit (two awards)
  • 2016 Honorary Chief Petty Officer
  • Guest lecturer, Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies
  • Graduate, Department of Homeland Security’s Pacific Executive Leadership Program
  • Sea Services Leadership Association “North Star” award
  • Permanent Cutterman

Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, USCG, Retired