Rear Admiral Gordon Piché retired from the US Coast Guard in June, 1998, having served more than 34 years of increasing managerial experience with extensive recruitment, assessment, and personnel management on a national scale in positions as Director of Personnel management for the entire Coast Guard with more than 44,000 military and civilian employees; and Assistant Superintendent at the US Coast Guard Academy.
His career included 20 years in commercial vessel safety, port security and environmental protection developing, reviewing and approving comprehensive plans and complex systems for commercial ships and ports in full compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Admiral Piché’s assignment prior to retirement was Director of Personnel Management of the US Coast Guard. He managed the development and maintenance of personnel systems and support programs to promote the effective use of military and civilian human resources, including policy on personnel management, accession, assignment, promotion, evaluation, advancement, pay, travel, separation, morale, quality of life, and the exchange system for the Coast Guard.
Prior to his last assignment, he directed and provided support services to all CG units in the Pacific for finance, personnel, civil rights, legal, medical, environmental and safety compliance; as well as directing the technical support programs for vessels, shore facilities and electronics/IRM as the Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific.
From 1990 to 1993, he served as Assistant Superintendent of the US Coast Guard Academy (Dean of Administration of a small, accredited four-year college) with responsibilities to develop, allocate and maintain the resources to support the effective functioning of a military service academy including personnel management, health services, plant engineering, comptroller, EEO, legal and planning.
Admiral Piché holds a BSE from the US Coast Guard Academy in General Engineering and two MSE from the University of Michigan in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, and Engineering Mechanics. He is a life member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.