Captain Ryan Rhodes
Sector Commander, Sector Lower Mississippi River
Captain Ryan Rhodes previously oversaw the Capability Deployment and Integration Division in the Office of Shore Forces (CG-741) at Coast Guard Headquarters where he was a Capability Manager and Headquarters Planning Coordinator for the service's largest operational field commands - the Sectors, Activities and Marine Safety Units. His responsibilities also included the program management of the Coast Guard's Command Centers, maritime Interagency Operation Centers, and all policy pertaining to the Shore Force Enterprise.
Prior to his assignment at Coast Guard Headquarters, Captain Rhodes served as the Deputy Sector Commander at Sector Upper Mississippi River. As Deputy Sector Commander, he provided daily oversight for all Coast Guard operations in all or parts of an eleven state area. This included over 2,200 miles of commercially navigable waterways on the Upper Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers and their tributaries. He led 274 Active Duty, Reserve, and civilian personnel and over 1,300 Auxiliary members. His duties included serving as Alternate Captain of the Port, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator for oil spills and hazardous materials releases, and Acting Officer-in-Charge of Marine Inspection.
Captain Rhodes’ other assignments included: Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement assistance Project Officer at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany; Command Center Chief at Sector Charleston; Surface Action Officer and Tactical Action Officer at Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, FL; Logistics Officer at Port Security Unit 307 in St. Petersburg, FL; Assistant Operations Officer, Law Enforcement Officer and Group Duty Controller at Group Key West. He also served four years of active duty in the Army prior to accepting a direct commission into the Coast Guard in July 2000.
Captain Rhodes received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Central Florida as a distinguished Military Graduate, Master of Art degree in Business and Organization Security from Webster University, and Master of Science degree in Adult Occupational and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. Additionally, Captain Rhodes is a Graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College.
Captain Rhodes has earned the CG Advanced Boat Forces Insignia, CG Port Security Insignia, and Army Parachutist Badge. His awards include CG Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medals, CG Commendation Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medals, CG Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medals, and the CG Commandant’s Letter of Commendation. Captain Rhodes has two daughters that he is very proud of, Sydney and Kelsey.