CAPTAIN TRACY "TREY" WIRTH
United States Coast Guard
Captain Trey Wirth (he/him/his) currently oversees the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He leads a team that administers, develops, and maintains the Coast Guard’s marine environmental response program and provides guidance to operational field units. He also serves as the Vice Chair for the National Response Team and Chairs the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research.
Previously, he was the Deputy Sector Commander at Sector North Carolina, where he served as the Alternate Captain of the Port, Officer-in-Charge Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the state of North Carolina.
Prior to this, Captain Wirth served as the Sector North Carolina Response Department Head, where he was responsible for command-and-control activities associated with Search and Rescue (SAR), Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security, Marine Environmental Protection, Incident Management, and Law Enforcement in the navigable waters of the State of North Carolina. H served at the Operations Section Chief for both hurricanes FLORENCE and DORIAN, where he oversaw the pre-staging of response assets, directed rescue resources, and facilitated the restoration of the Sector’s field units to normal operations following the catastrophic storms.
Captain Wirth has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for over 22 years, spending the majority of his career in high optempo All-Hazard incident management and crisis management roles. He is a NIMS ICS Type 1 Operations Section Chief, Type 2 Planning Section Chief, and Type 3 Incident Commander. His other major operational responses include: September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, Baltimore Tunnel Fire of 2001, Hurricane Isabel in 2003, BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Super Storm SANDY, Paulsboro, NJ Train Derailment, two DoD helicopter crashes in Honolulu, HI, and Hurricane MARIA as the Deputy Planning Section Chief at the Area Command level.
Captain Wirth’s other assignments include Deputy, Planning and Force Readiness Chief at Coast Guard District Fourteen in Honolulu, HI, Sector Delaware Bay Incident Management Chief, Coast Guard, Headquarters Incident Management Policy Chief and Coordination and Outreach Division Officer, Sector Buffalo Waterways Management Chief, and Sector National Capital Region (formally Activities Baltimore) Marine Environmental Protection Chief and Foreign Vessel Inspector.
Captain Wirth began his Coast Guard officer career after receiving his commission from Officer Candidate School in February 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School.
Captain Wirth’s military awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons. He is authorized to wear both the Boat Forces and Marine Safety Insignias.