Commander Kevin Keast

Commander Kevin Keast is a career Coast Guard Officer with over 22 years of active duty service to our nation. He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He then went on to complete three back to back sea tours, including a tour with the United States Navy and a tour as Commanding Officer of an 82 foot coastal patrol boat. Commander Keast then went to graduate school where he received a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 1999 where he published his thesis entitled Modeling and Simulation of the Coast Guard Data Network. He then spent four years at the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in Groton, Connecticut working on network engineering and communications. While at the Research and Development Center and in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Commander Keast engineered and deployed the Coast Guards first proto-type port surveillance system integrating wireless radars, cameras, and vessel tracking. In 2004, Commander Keast continued his operational career as Chief of Response at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven, Connecticut working coastal search and rescue, port security, and law enforcement. Commander Keast then spent four years as the Division Chief for Communications and Sensors for the Office of Command Control Communications & Sensors Capabilities at Coast Guard Headquarters. He is attributed with establishing the nations Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system, a world wide security capability regulated under the International Maritime Organization to track commercial ships entering United States waters and to track United States commercial vessels worldwide to improve Maritime Domain Awareness across the globe. Commander Keast currently works at the Telecommunications Information Systems Command in Alexandria Virginia as the Product Line Manager for Enterprise Information Systems where he provides over 32 IT services across unclassified and classified domains including enterprise email, desktop services, and mobility for 45,000 Coast Guard users nationwide. Commander Keast has received numerous awards including two Meritorious Service Medals and was presented the Canadian Coast Guard Commissioners Commendation for his International work on LRIT. Recently Commander Keast was selected as one the Federal 100 award winners for 2013 for providing innovative Cyber Security solutions for Coast Guard ships and other remote units throughout the Department of Defense.