CAPT John Barresi, P.E.
Commander, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center
Captain Barresi assumed command of the Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center (SILC) on June 16th, 2021. As SILC Commander he leads the 500-person organization and seven subordinate commands responsible for the life cycle management of the $27B shore plant inventory. This includes advancing the Service’s nationwide strategy for fiscal stewardship and CFO compliance for 41,000 real property assets; directing environmental management, including compliance and restoration for the shore portfolio; supporting sustainment contracts for all major bases; and shore infrastructure planning to support missions and personnel. In addition, SILC oversees execution of $250 million annually for depot-level maintenance of facilities and over $2 billion in major appropriations for shore infrastructure to deliver the Service’s capital facility requirements.
He reported to SILC following a tour as the Commanding Officer of the Facilities Design and Construction Center (FDCC). At FDCC he was responsible for the nationwide recapitalization efforts for the Coast Guard’s $27 billion shore plant inventory as well as all major planning and construction of new facilities and real property infrastructure. In this assignment, CAPT Barresi led the execution of an unprecedented $2 billion work portfolio and was heavily engaged in the efforts to repair and rebuild Coast Guard shore infrastructure in Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands following the devastating hurricanes seasons of 2016 and 2017.
Prior to his assignment at FDCC, he served as one of two Executive Assistants in the office of the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS) at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC. DCMS is responsible for all facets of support for the Coast Guard’s diverse mission set through oversight of human capital, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology, and security. In this capacity he was responsible for executive staff support to DCMS in leading the 17,000-person organization that delivers the systems and people that enable the U.S. Coast Guard to efficiently and effectively perform its operational missions.
CAPT Barresi received his commission in 1995. His first assignment was at the Coast Guard Academy in the Facilities Engineering Department as Project Manager and Construction Safety Officer. Subsequent engineering assignments include Civil Engineering Unit Miami; Facilities Design and Construction Center; Director of Gulf Coast Reconstruction; Facilities Engineer at the Coast Guard Yard, the Service’s only major industrial shipyard; and Commanding Officer of the Civil Engineering Unit in Juneau, Alaska where he oversaw and was responsible for engineering and contracting support of all depot level shore maintenance of the Coast Guard’s Seventeenth District.
CAPT Barresi graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has also earned two postgraduate degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a Facilities Engineer Level II Acquisition Professional, MIT Systems Design Management Fellow, and a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Alaska.
CAPT Barresi was the 2010 U.S. Coast Guard Engineer of the Year for his work in the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana and Mississippi where he led over $135 million of facility recapitalization efforts which enabled Coast Guard missions to resume expeditiously. In 2015, he was also honored with a Military Luminary Award at the Great Minds in STEM Conference for his involvement in National Hispanic Heritage, mentoring, and community events. His personal military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (5), Commendation Medal (1), and Achievement Medal (2).
Mr. Robert Whitehouse
Executive Director, Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center
Mr. Whitehouse assumed the duties of Executive Director of SILC in September 2019. The SILC enterprise is responsible for the field execution of the Coast Guard’s Civil Engineering Program, including planning, design, construction, contracting, environmental, real property and base facility management and operations. Previously, he served on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard for over 30 years, retiring in June 2019.
Mr. Whitehouse is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical and Computer Sciences. In 1999, he earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Additionally, he attended the Harvard Executive Seminar on Crisis Management in 2013 at the Kennedy School of Government.