William Kelly, GPS Adjunct
School of Van Loan School

William R. Kelly, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.), a career Coast Guard Officer and leader, Captain Kelly is a security expert specializing in maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, and interagency operations.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fairliegh Dickinson University, in Rutherford, NJ and a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College, in Newport, RI.  CAPT Kelly also served as the Coast Guard Service Advisor to the Naval War College where he was the primary subject matter expert to the Naval War College community on all aspects of Coast Guard capabilities, authorities, policies and strategic vision.  In addition to his Advisor duties, he served as a military professor teaching leadership, organizational effectiveness and comprehensive security for port areas.


He has served in a variety of operational and command staff positions across the full range of Coast Guard mission areas.  Highlights include: serving as Officer in Charge of a Law Enforcement Detachment deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm; conducting Coast Guard counter-narcotics patrols throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Eastern Pacific; and serving at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff and as a Coast Guard Liaison to the Secretary of Defense 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review staff.


As a senior leader, he was assigned as Chief of Response and Deputy Commander for Coast Guard Sector Boston, where he served as Alternate Captain of the Port, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator; SAR Mission Coordinator and was responsible for the safety, security, and waterways management of the Boston Captain of the Port Zone.

William Kelly's area of expertise includes: Homeland Security; Maritime Homeland Security; Maritime Policy; Critical Infrastructure protection; LNG tanker safety and security; and fisheries management.


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