Admiral James Milton Loy

Former Commandant of the Coast Guard; Chair, Tyler Institute for Leadership, US Coast Guard Academy, USA


The Hon. Admiral James Milton Loy entered the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1960. Subsequently, he earned a masters degree in history and government from Wesleyan University. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, served in combat as commanding officer of a patrol boat in Vietnam, and eventually rose to the rank of 4 stars Admiral. In May 1998, Loy became the twenty first Commandant of the Coast Guard, serving in that post until 2002.

As Commandant, Loy reacted to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In the short term, he supervised the resumption of sea-borne trade throughout the US, after the USCG had shut down most major ports after the attacks. In the long term, ADM Loy led the US delegation to the IMO, and was instrumental in ensuring that the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code was approved and implemented in 2002. The code came into effect in 2004.

In May 2002, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Norman Mineta appointed Loy to become the Deputy Undersecretary for the newly-formed Transportation Security Administration. Loy led the agency through its creation and subsequent incorporation into the Department of Homeland Security.

On October 23rd, 2003, Loy was nominated as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security by President George W. Bush, and sworn in on December 4, 2003. Following the departure of Tom Ridge, Loy filled in as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security from February 1, 2005, until February 15th, 2005, when Michael Chertoff was confirmed and sworn into office. Joining the exodus of leadership, Loy resigned as Deputy Secretary, effective March 1st, 2005.

As noted in Loy's biography published by the United States Coast Guard: "He has received the Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Medal, four Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit awards, the Bronze Star with Combat “V,” the Meritorious Service Medal, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and other unit and campaign awards.”

On April 7th, 2005, the Cohen Group announced that Loy had joined the firm as a Senior Counselor, effective April 18th. On August 5, 2005, Loy joined the Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin.

In the Autumn of 2006. it was announced that ADM Loy was being honored as the first Chair of the Tyler Institute for Leadership at the US Coast Guard Academy. As such Admiral Loy has played a significant role in speaking and drawing other distinguished visitors to the Academy. His first class was designed to teach a select group of cadets about the international shipping industry and how it might be secured.

"Leadership Essentials in the Post 9/11 World"

A Lecture by Admiral James Milton Loy, Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Commandant of the US Coast Guard
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012
"A Global Dialogue about Cultural Diplomacy, National Security and Global Risks"