Rear Admiral Meredith Austin assumed the duties of the Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area (PACAREA) in June 2015. Prior to this assignment she served as Commander, Coast Guard Personnel Service Center (PSC). PSC supports mission execution by recruiting, accessing, assigning and developing careers, maintaining well-being, compensating, separating and retiring all enlisted, officer, Active Duty and Reserve Coast Guard personnel.
Previously she served as the Chief of Staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard in Honolulu, Hawaii. The District spans over 12.2 million square miles and includes the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, American Samoa and activities in Saipan, Singapore and Japan. Rear Admiral Austin has held several commands including Sector Delaware Bay, executing the Coast Guard's eleven statutory missions along the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania; the Pacific Strike Team; and the National Strike Force, responding to oil and hazardous substance spills and threats from Weapons of Mass Destruction in support of Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense Federal On-Scene Coordinators throughout the United States, its territories and other nations.
Rear Admiral Austin has responded to many of the major incidents which have occurred since 2001 including the World Trade Center disaster, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Capitol anthrax and ricin incidents. In response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Rear Admiral Austin served first as Deputy Incident Commander, then as the Incident Commander for the state of Louisiana, directing the activities of over 19,000 responders.