Captain Jason Smith assumed the duties of Commander, Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston on June 12, 2020, at a change-of-command ceremony at the Lone Star Flight Museum. Rear Admiral John Nadeau, Eighth Coast Guard District commander, presided over the ceremony. As Sector Commander, CAPT Smith coordinates maritime security, law enforcement and response operations and serves as Captain of the Port, Officer-in-Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Federal On- Scene Coordinator for the navigable waterways between Lake Charles, La., and Matagorda Bay, Texas.
Prior to reporting to Sector Houston-Galveston, CAPT Smith was the Deputy Sector Commander of Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. In this position, he served as the alternate Captain of the Port, officer-in-charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and federal on-scene coordinator for South Texas. Specializing in marine safety, coastal security, and environmental compliance, CAPT Smith has held numerous field and staff assignments throughout his career.
CAPT Smith’s personal awards include four Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and other unit and team awards.
Originally from Pelham, N.H., CAPT Smith is a 1996 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy with a B.S in Marine Transportation and a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering with a M.S. in Systems Engineering and Reliability/Risk Engineering.