September 7, 2004

New director of USCG Investigative Service

James F. Sloan, the assistant commandant for intelligence for the U.S. Coast Guard, today announced the appointment of John A. Cornett as director of the Coast Guard Investigative Service.

Cornett will immediately begin his duties at the Coast Guard Investigative Service's Arlington, Va., headquarters.

"We are fortunate that John Cornett, a career special agent, has accepted the challenge of leading the Coast Guard Investigative Service and ensuring that it remains the nation's premier maritime criminal investigations and intelligence service," said Sloan.

Cornett, a native of Granite City, Ill., has served over 35 years with the Coast Guard as both an active duty enlisted Coast Guardsman and in the civil service.

He began his career with the Coast Guard Investigative Service as an active duty enlisted special agent in 1982, and retired from active duty in 1989 as a Master Chief Petty Officer and the special agent in charge of the service's St. Louis office.

Cornett's most recent assignments included special agent in charge of the Chesapeake, Va., region and deputy director of operations. A graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's criminal investigators course, Cornett received his bachelor's degree from the University of the State of New York. Cornett has received numerous awards for achievement and performance throughout his military and law enforcement career and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and an Interpol law enforcement committee.

The Coast Guard Investigative Service, comprised of approximately 175 active duty military and civilian special agents and 150 special agents who are military members of the Coast Guard Reserve, is responsible for criminal investigations and intelligence matters where the U.S. Coast Guard has jurisdiction.

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