Coast Guard Great Lakes to welcome new chief Cottrell

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Donna L. Cottrell speaks during the U.S. Coast Guard Memorial Service for Petty Officer 1st Class Douglas Munro at Point Cruz Yacht Club in Honiara, Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, on Aug. 7, 2017. Munro was the sole member of the Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor. His actions helped save 500 beleaguered Marines pinned down by Japanese troops at Point Cruz, Sept. 27, 1942.


By LAURA JOHNSTON | Advance (Cleveland) Ohio Media | Published: April 2, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — Rear Adm. Donna L. Cottrell will be the third woman in a row to serve as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Ninth District Commander, overseeing all the Great Lakes.

Cottrell replaces Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, the first woman in the U.S. Coast Guard to succeed another woman as district commander. She moved to Cleveland to succeed Rear Adm. June Ryan.

Cottrell is a native of Wellington. She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1982, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1997 with a master of science degree in aeronautical science, from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2004 with a master of science degree in information resource management, and from the U. S. Naval War College in 2011 with a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies.

Since 2017, Cottrell has served as director of the Joint Interagency Task Force. She previously served as the deputy to the assistant commandant for capability and was responsible for identifying and sourcing new and extended capabilities, competencies and capacity to meet U. S. Coast Guard mission requirements. She also assisted in developing a policy for staffing, training and equipping the Coast Guard.

From 2014 to 2016, Cottrell served as the Coast Guard District Thirteen Chief of Staff, during which she directed field and staff activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Cottrell’s personal awards include two Legion of Merit awards, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.

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