June 6, 2006
Crea now USCG Vice Commandant
Vice Adm. Vivien S. Crea has assumed the duties of Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, becoming the first woman to serve as second-in-command of a U. S. military service.
She serves as the Coast Guard’s second in command and is the Agency Acquisition Executive.
Vice Adm. Crea relieved Vice Adm. Terry M. Cross, who retired after 36 years of Coast Guard service.
Prior to her assignment as Vice Commandant, she served as Commander, Atlantic Area, and concurrently as Commander, Coast Guard Defense Forces East. She was the operational commander for all Coast Guard activities within the eastern half of the world. Atlantic Area ranges from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf and spans an area of responsibility that includes five Coast Guard Districts, 42 states and over 14 million square miles, more than 30,300 military and civilian employees, and almost 30,000 auxiliarists.
Previous assignments include Commander, First Coast Guard District, Chief Information Officer and Director of Research and Development for the Coast Guard; Chief, Office of Programs (budget development and advocacy); Commanding Officer, Air Station Clearwater; Executive Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard; Commanding Officer, Air Station Detroit; Operations Officer, Air Station Borinquen; and Military Aide to President Reagan.
A Coast Guard aviator, Vice Admiral Crea flew the HC-130 Hercules turboprop, HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, and Gulfstream II jet.
Vice Admiral Crea is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellow and holds master's degrees from MIT and Central Michigan University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.
Personal awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (four awards), and the Meritorious Service Medal.