Captain Peter F. Martin

Sector Commander

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston


Captain Martin assumed command of Sector Houston-Galveston in 2016 and corresponding responsibilities of Captain of the Port; Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection; Federal Maritime Security Coordinator and Federal On- Scene Coordinator for marine pollution response. He is responsible for maritime safety, security and environmental quality throughout an expansive area extending from southwest Louisiana along the Texas coast to the Colorado River. Captain Martin oversees 17 subordinate units and a force of more than 1,800 maritime response and prevention experts comprised of active duty and reserve military personnel as well as civilian staff and Auxiliary volunteers.

Captain Martin recently concluded a tour of duty as Chief of Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Search and Rescue; where he was responsible for the development, interpretation, and evolution of organizational search and rescue policy. He also served as Coast Guard representative to the U.S. Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) program and the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme, both critical components of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. Captain Martin oversaw the National Search and Rescue Committee secretariat, served as Alternate Committee Chair and was responsible for the maintenance and evolution of the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System (SAROPS), the world’s most sophisticated maritime search planning program. Additionally, he managed the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) program, the world’s only global search and rescue ship reporting system.
Originally from Syracuse, New York; Captain Martin was commissioned in 1990 following an academic career at the State University of New York, College at Oswego. Initial assignments included duty as a deck watch officer aboard USCGC ESCANABA, home-ported in Boston, Massachusetts and Officer in Charge, Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 7F in Key West, Florida. Upon conclusion of a tour of duty as Operations Officer, Coast Guard Base San Juan, Puerto Rico; Captain Martin was assigned to the Greater Antilles Section Command Center, where he served as an Operations Controller responsible for the coordination of search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and marine safety operations in waters surrounding Puerto Rico and throughout the eastern Caribbean. 
Captain Martin was awarded a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Washington in 2000 and a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs the following year.  He later served as Coast Guard liaison to the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Marine Conservation. While serving as Operations Officer at Group Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Captain Martin was intimately involved in the evolving post-9/11 maritime homeland security mission and later served as Chief of Maritime Law Enforcement in the Thirteenth Coast Guard District; Seattle, Washington. Immediately prior to joining the headquarters Search and Rescue staff in 2012, Captain Martin served as Deputy Sector Commander in St. Petersburg, Florida and alternate Captain of the Port for western Florida.
Captain Martin’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, multiple Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and a variety of other awards including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Southwest Asia Service Medal as well as several awards of the Humanitarian Service Medal.