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Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara (born c. 1953)[1] was the 27th Vice-Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Sally Brice-O'Hara
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Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara
27th Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Born1953 (age 65–66)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchCoast Guard
RankUS-O9 insignia.svgVice Admiral
Commands held14th Coast Guard District
5th Coast Guard District
Training Center Cape May
Group Baltimore
Station Cape May
Battles/warsCold War
September 11, 2001 attacks
AwardsCoast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (5)
Flag of the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard



Brice-O'Hara attended Annapolis High School where one of her classmates was Bill Belichick.[2] She graduated from Goucher College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1974. Brice-O'Hara received her Coast Guard commission from Officer Candidate School 1975. She received a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.


Her previous flag officer assignments include:

  • Commander of Coast Guard District Fourteen, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Director, JIATF West, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Director of Training and Reserve, CG Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • Commander of Coast Guard District Five, Portsmouth, Virginia

Her other assignments include

  • Director of Personnel Management, CG Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • Commanding Officer of Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, the Coast Guard’s only recruit training program
  • Member, Commandant's Strategic Planning Staff, CG Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • Deputy Commander of Activities Baltimore and Alternate Captain of the Port, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Commander of Group Baltimore, Maryland
  • Officer Assignment Detailer, CG Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • Planning Officer, USCG Support Center, Kodiak, Alaska
  • Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station Cape May, New Jersey
  • Assistant Director of Admissions, US Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut
  • Executive Officer of Station New London, Connecticut
  • Fisheries and Law Enforcement Duty Officer, Coast Guard District Five, Portsmouth, Virginia

Deputy Commandant for OperationsEdit

Brice-O'Hara served as the Deputy Commandant for Operations from 2008 to 2010. She oversaw the strategic integration of operational missions and the optimization of policy development and mission execution consistent with the Coast Guard's national priorities.


Brice-O'Hara was the 27th Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. In a change of command ceremony on May 24, 2010, she relieved Vice Admiral David Pekoske.[3] She was only the second woman to be Vice-Commandant, the first being Vice Admiral Vivien Crea. In a change of command ceremony on May 18, 2012, she was relieved as vice commandant by Vice Admiral John Currier.


Personal lifeEdit

Brice-O'Hara is a longtime resident of Annapolis, Maryland.[2] Brice-O'Hara has two sons with her husband Robert O'Hara.[2]


  1. ^ Ocala (Florida) Star-Banner, January 21, 1985
  2. ^ a b c Sun, Candus Thomson, The Baltimore. "The Interview: Sally Brice-O'Hara". Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  3. ^ The Coast Guard Compass - Change of Watch, Vice-Commandant of the Coast Guard

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