Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, USCG (Ret), is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in international affairs and strategic studies from the Naval War College.
He served in a variety of key positions both ashore and afloat, including Coast Guard Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He served as Pacific Area Commander and Commander Defense Forces West; Deputy Commandant for Operations; and 9th Coast Guard District Commander.
He retired in 2018 after 36 years of service, and works as an independent consultant.