John Shkor, Protect Our Power

U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral (Ret.) John Shkor


John Shkor is a native of Baltimore, MD and moved to Hilton Head in July of 2004 after 35 years of Coast Guard and other government service.

Vice Admiral Shkor’s final military assignment was as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he was operational commander for all Coast Guard activities conducted by 26,000 military and civilian personnel in an area comprising 14 million square miles. After leaving active duty, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Transportation Security Administration, implementing new requirements for aviation passenger and baggage screening following 9/11 and security programs for other modes of transportation.

Vice Admiral Shkor twice served as Chief Counsel of the Coast Guard, where he was legal advisor to the Commandant, and managed the delivery of legal services in support of world-wide Coast Guard missions.

He served as Director, Joint Interagency Task Force East, in Key West Florida, and as Commander, Joint Task Force 110, from 1996-1998. There he directed DoD counter-drug intelligence activities as well as Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Customs Service forces conducting counter-drug operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific Ocean. He initiated action to arm Coast Guard helicopters in response to a growing go-fast smuggling threat. He initiated cooperative counter-drug operations with the Columbian Navy, the National Maritime Service of Panama, and other regional counter-drug forces. He initiated Operation Central Skies, providing U.S. helicopter lift to indigenous forces for counter-drug operations. As CJTF 110 he directed U.S. military air and naval operations in the Straits of Florida following the shoot-down of two Brothers to the Rescue aircraft by Cuba.

Before being promoted to flag rank in 1993, Vice Admiral Shkor served as Chief, Operations Division, on the staff of Commander Pacific Area. His operational assignments also include marine safety and environmental protection duties at Marine Inspection Office New Orleans, and as Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Office Savannah GA.

He served as Acting Deputy Director for Supply Reduction during the establishment of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and thereafter as Associate Deputy Director. He participated in the development of the first National Drug Control Strategy and the initial designation of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. Prior to that assignment he served as Director of the National Narcotic Border Interdiction System and assistant to then-Vice President George Bush.

Vice Admiral Shkor served as the senior legal officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, FL, during the inception of the drug war at sea, the Cuban Mariel Boat Lift, and establishment of the Haitian migrant interdiction program. He developed operational procedures to enable the successful prosecution of the drug war at sea. He was recognized as the Department of Transportation’s outstanding young attorney and assigned as the Secretary’s representative to the law of the sea conference.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Coast Guard Academy in 1966, a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973, and a Master of Science of Management degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. His military decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards) and the Presidential Service Badge.