Rear Admiral Kevin Cook retired in July after 36 years of service in the Coast Guard. He is working to bring his expertise to the private sector through Cook Maritime Solutions, LLC, a consultant company established to focus on maritime safety, security and environmental issues. During his career, RADM Cook continually advanced through escalating levels of responsibilities within the Coast Guard’s national and regional headquarters, and in shipboard and maritime safety assignments culminating with command of the Eighth District, a 26 state region, headquartered in New Orleans, LA. There, he regulated maritime industries and facilitated maritime commerce within the nation’s most intense region for shipping, petrochemical production and offshore exploration and production. RADM Cook previously served as the Coast Guard’s national Director of Prevention (Marine Safety) Policy, responsible for many of the international and domestic regulations in support of safety, security, environmental protection, mariner licensing, and waterways management. He also served as the Chief of the Hazardous Materials Division where he specialized in mitigating the risks of shipping oils, chemicals, and liquefied gases; including lead for delegations to the International Maritime Organization. In the field, RADM Cook held a variety of positions including Captain of the Port for the Houston-Galveston area of operations. For the two years following 9/11, he also directed Maritime Homeland Security operations for waters from Freeport, Texas, eastward to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Additionally, in 2010, he served as the National Incident Commander’s senior representative to BP headquarters for oversight of well containment activities in the Deepwater Horizon response. RADM Cook served in three tours on Coast Guard cutters: CGC MADRONA as a deck watch officer; CGC BITTERSWEET as the Executive Officer; and CGC COWSLIP as the Commanding Officer. A native of Freehold, NJ, he graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering. RADM Cook also earned a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He is a 1999 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, and later served a one-year appointment as the Coast Guard Fellow to Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. Additionally, he was recognized by the National Propeller Club as the Port of Houston Maritime Person of the Year.