Captain Robert D. Taylor
Community Services Command
U.S. Coast Guard
Captain Robert Taylor is a native of Virginia Beach, VA, and a second-generation Coast Guardsmen. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1999 under the College Student Pre-commissioning Initiative and graduated from Officer Candidate School in 2001.
Captain Taylor has served in several operational and staff assignments throughout his career. He has been assigned to three Coast Guard Sectors. Captain Taylor previously served from 2017 to 2020 as the Chief, Emergency Management Force Readiness at Sector New York, where he led operational planning and contingency preparedness efforts for the Port of New York/New Jersey and Port of Albany. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the Chief, Incident Management Division at Sector Jacksonville where he directed responses to search and rescue and marine environmental cases in Northeast Florida and managed operations of three Coast Guard stations and three patrol boats. He also served as the Assistant Operations Officer and Command Center Chief at Sector Charleston from 2003 to 2006.
In addition to his operational assignments, Captain Taylor served as the Comptroller at the Coast Guard Finance Center, the Deputy Comptroller of Training Center Yorktown, and the Budget Officer for the Legal Policy and Program Development Office at Coast Guard Headquarters.
Captain Taylor reported to Community Services Command as the Executive Officer of the Coast Guard's Community Services Command in June of 2020 and assumed Command in June 2023. In this role, he is responsible for the leadership and operations of the Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) and the Coast Guard's Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation (MWR) programs. CGX is a non- appropriated fund instrumentality that provides centralized management for 64 CGX stores, 40 satellite CGX locations, and all vending and concession services. CGX employs over 800 employees and has average annual sales in excess of $225M, providing an estimated $40M in savings to military members and families. Coast Guard MWR programs are responsible for providing community and recreational programs, activities, and services to Coast Guard members, dependents, and other authorized patrons, contributing to the mission readiness and retention of Service personnel.
Captain Taylor is a 2001 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Old Dominion University in 2008. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation (two awards).
Commander Kathleen M. Sullivan
Community Services Command
U.S. Coast Guard
Commander Kate Sullivan assumed the duties and responsibilities of Executive Officer, Coast Guard Community Services Command, in June of 2023. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the Coast Guard Exchange System (CGX) and the Coast Guard’s Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation (MWR) programs. CGX is a non-appropriated fund instrumentality that provides centralized management for 64 CGX stores, 47 satellite CGX locations, and all vending and concession services. Coast Guard MWR programs provide community and recreational programs, activities and services to Coast Guard members, dependents, and other eligible patrons around the world and contribute to the mission readiness and retention of Service personnel.
A 2007 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy originally hailing from Westminster, Maryland, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Operations Research and Computer Analysis. Upon graduation, her first assignment was as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC ACTIVE (WMEC-618) home ported in Port Angeles, Washington. In 2009, she was assigned as an Admissions Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Following that assignment, Commander Sullivan transferred to St Petersburg, Florida, where she served as a Command Duty Officer, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and Command Center Chief, managing primarily Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Marine Safety, and Maritime Environmental Response cases. In 2015 she was selected for the Coast Guard’s Financial Management post graduate program. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and in 2017 received her Master of Business Administration degree with concentrations in finance and sustainability. Thereafter, she was assigned to the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where she served as the Risk Management Officer and oversaw budget, inventory, property, and internal controls for the Coast Guard’s premier aviation maintenance facility with an annual budget of approximately $350M.
In 2020, Commander Sullivan returned to Coast Guard Operations in Mobile, Alabama, and served as the Enforcement Division Chief and in 2023, fleeted up to be the Response Department Head at Sector Mobile. There, she led Law Enforcement and Pollution Response, in addition to supporting Search and Rescue as a Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator for Mississippi, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida.
Commander Sullivan is married to Lieutenant Commander Tyler Monez, an MH-60 pilot stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia. They have a daughter, Hannah, and dog, Dixie. Her personal awards include the 2019 Department of Homeland Security Chief Financial Officer Outstanding Leadership Award for Excellence in Performance, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (five awards), and Commandant’s Letter of Commendation (two awards). She holds the Response Ashore and Boat Forces Operational Insignias.