Rear Admiral Matthew W. Sibley

Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District

U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Sibley assumed the duties as Commander of the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in June 2020.  He is responsible for directing Coast Guard operations throughout Oceania, including Hawai’i, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and activities in Singapore and Japan. 

The Coast Guard conducts operations and activities across the Fourteenth District as part of the Department of Homeland Security team protecting the U.S. and as one of the five armed services and part of the joint force defending it.  The Coast Guard works closely with allies to advance maritime governance as part of the rules-based international order essential to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Prior to reporting to District 14, Rear Admiral Sibley served as the Assistant  Commandant  for  Capability,  and  was  responsible  for identifying and providing capabilities, competencies, and capacity along with developing standards for the staffing, training, equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and employing Coast Guard forces to meet mission requirements. Rear Admiral  Sibley  is  designated  a  Permanent  Cutterman  with  nearly  ten  years  of  service  afloat, including command tours of USCGC FORWARD, USCGC POINT THATCHER, and USCGC POINT MONROE. He also served as Executive Officer on USCGC GALLATIN Operations Officer on USCGC MORGENTHAU, and as a Deck Watch Officer on USCGC SPENCER. While serving as Operations Officer aboard USCGC MORGENTHAU, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf with the U. S. 5th Fleet in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

Assignments ashore included duty as a Command Center Controller at the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana; Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room; Assignment Officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Command in Arlington, Virginia; Coast Guard Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC; Military Assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security; Commander, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI; Deputy Director, Reserve and Military Personnel (CG-13D), Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources  (CG-1A),  Deputy  Commander,  Coast  Guard  Personnel  Service  Center  at  Coast  Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, and Director of Reserve and Military Personnel (CG-13).Rear Admiral Sibley is a native of West Islip, NY and a 1989 graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. In 2001, he was awarded a Master of Public Administration degree by George Mason University.

Rear Admiral Sibley’s personal awards include three Legions of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.