The Operations element is responsible for the execution of the Coast Guard Reserve missions to provide the Coast Guard with boat operations, contingency planning and response, expeditionary warfare, marine safety, port security, law enforcement and mission support.
The Operations component is comprised of Area Commands, District Commands, Sector Commands, and Units. Pacific Area Command also manages all Port Security Units (PSUs) while each Area Command administrates Reserve personnel in the Coast Guard National Strike Force (NSF) and in distinct Department of Defense (DoD) resources such as at the Combatant Commands and the Navy Coastal Riverine Forces (NCRF).
Coast Guard's two Area Commands are each divided into District Commands that manage and fulfill the Coast Guard's missions within their own geographical area of responsibility. Coast Guard Area Commands are comprised of the 1st, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 14th, and 17th districts. Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) Command is comprised of districts 1, 5, 7, 8, and 11, while Pacific Area (PACAREA) Command is comprised of districts 11, 13, 14, and 17.
District Commands ensure the safety and security of all maritime areas and transportation systems within their area of responsibility, focusing on risk reduction and prevention, but prepared to respond with courage and speed to any maritime incident.
District Command Reserve Force Readiness System (RFRS) staff act as the principle Reserve force advisor and subject matter expert for the District Commander. District RFRS staff focus on the administration of the Reserve program and primary responsibilities are in direct support of the reserve component.
Coast Guard District Commands are divided into Sector Commands that manage and fulfill the Coast Guard's missions within their own geographical area of responsibility.
Atlantic Area (LANTAREA)
D1 is comprised of Sector Northern New England, Sector Boston, Sector Southeast New England, Sector Long Island Sound, and Sector New York.
D5 is comprised of Sector Delaware Bay, Sector Baltimore, Sector Hampton Roads, and Sector North Carolina.
D7 is comprised of Sector Charleston, Sector Jacksonville, Sector Miami, Sector Key West, Sector St. Petersburg, and Sector San Juan.
D8 is comprised of Sector Ohio Valley, Sector Upper Mississippi, Sector Lower Mississippi, Sector Mobile, Sector New Orleans, Sector Houston-Galveston, and Sector Corpus Christi.
D9 is comprised of Sector Buffalo, Sector Detroit, Sector Lake Michigan, and Sector Sault Ste. Marie.
Pacific Area (PACAREA)
D11 is comprised of Sector San Francisco, Sector Humboldt Bay, Sector Los Angeles - Long Beach, and Sector San Diego.
D13 is comprised of Sector Puget Sound, Sector Columbia River, and Sector North Bend.
D14 is comprised of Sector Honolulu and Sector Guam.
D17 is comprised of Sector Anchorage and Sector Juneau.
Sector Commands ensure the safety and security of all maritime areas and transportation systems within their area of responsibility, focusing on risk reduction and prevention, but prepared to respond with courage and speed to any maritime incident.
Sector Command Reserve Force Readiness System (RFRS) staff assist the Sector commander to achieve the necessary training, qualification and contingency readiness of their Reserve personnel and guides individual training to fulfill contingency roles. Sector RFRS personnel focus primarily on managing the Reserve program.