Commander Randy Meador is an Officer Candidate School graduate and his first assignment was as a logistics officer for the Polar Ice Breaker Reliability Improvement Project at Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific (MLC-PAC). In 1998 he was assigned to flight school at NAS Whiting Field near Pensacola, FL. He was then assigned to Air Station Elizabeth City, NC as an HH-60J pilot. During that tour, he was selected for the Aeronautical Engineering program and completed all of the associated training. In 2004, he transferred to Air Station Sitka, AK for a rewarding tour as Assistant Engineering Officer and duty standing HH-60J pilot. Following his Alaska tour, CDR Meador transferred across country to serve as Engineering Projects Team Lead for the H-60 Product Line at the Aviation Logistics Center. He served as the project lead for the transition of the entire Coast Guard H-60 fleet from HH-60J’s to MH-60T’s. During this tour, he also volunteered as Deputy Logistics Section Chief for the disaster response in Haiti. CDR Meador was selected for post graduate training for Acquisitions - Program Management and attended George Washington University in Washington, DC where he received a Master of Science in Project Management. After graduate school he served at Coast Guard Headquarters CG-9311, where he was the Deputy Project Manager for the C-130H Aviation Upgrade project, directly supporting all acquisition phases of the HC-130H upgrade program – a $690M Level I investment project. Most recently, CDR Meador served as Executive Officer at Base Cleveland where he provided regional support to the entire Ninth Coast Guard District, encompassing all five Great Lakes and operational units from Duluth, MN to Massena, NY.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.
CDR Meador also has a Master of Science in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School, a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance Management from Broward Community College, DHS Certification for Acquisition Professional Acquisition Program Manager - Level III, DHS Certification for Acquisition Professional Life Cycle Logistics Manager - Level II, ICS Logistics Section Chief Type 3; he holds civilian certification as a Project Management Professional and FAA licenses for Commercial Pilot Fixed Wing, Commercial Pilot Rotary Wing and Airframe/Power Plant Mechanic. He is married to CDR Donna M. Meador, USNR. Combined, they have six children.
CDR Judge was stationed at the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) from May 2009 to August 2012 where he served as a Presidential Response Officer - Executive Tier One communications lead for the President of the United States (POTUS) and the executive senior staff. He was the only Coast Guardsman at the 950 joint military personnel unit and was hand-picked as one of seven personnel within WHCA who traveled on board Air Force One, Marine Two and to Camp David as a WHCA Command Representative, overseeing communications. CDR Judge also traveled as a Presidential Communications Officer where he deployed in advance on short notice anywhere in the world to provide instantaneous secure/non-secure voice communications and five-minute recorded message traffic to POTUS, Vice-President, National Security Council, and the United States Secret Service. His responsibilities included facilitating the safe, on-time shipping, receiving, set up, and breakdown of greater than 50,000 pounds of executive communications equipment valued at greater than $1.5M to domestic and international locations. While serving in this capacity, he traveled around the world to locations such as Moscow, Russia; Shanghai, China; Seoul, South Korea; Dublin, Ireland, and many other domestic and international locations.
His previous experiences includes serving as the Career Management Branch Chief for the Coast Guard Officer of Personnel Management, where he provided dedicated career management advice to more than 8,000 officers. CDR Judge was also the Operations Officer for the Coast Guard’s Electronic Systems Support Unit New Orleans, LA where he worked following Hurricane Katrina leading teams to rebuilding the Coast Guard's lower gulf coast command and control infrastructure, resulted in saving more than 34,000 lives; Assistant Operations Officer and Law Enforcement Officer, Coast Guard Group Mobile, AL; and Software Developer, Command Control and Engineering Center, Portsmouth, VA. CDR Judge is a highly decorated officer and has greater than 35 medals, honors and commendations to his credit, to include the Department of Defense’s and two Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal.
With a consummate goal to pursue his professional best, CDR Judge has achieved a stellar list of military and civilian educational accomplishments including most recently attending the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education for Cybersecurity, Acquisition program level II, named as one of the Modern Day Technology Leaders for the Coast Guard at the 2013 and 2014 Black Engineer of the Year award celebration, and received the 2013 Elizabeth City State University Chancellor’s Legacy Leadership award for the military. Moreover, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC in 1997 where he earned the distinguished Ronald E. McNair Scholarship; completed Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, VA in 1997; earned his first Master of Science degree in Computer Science from historic Howard University in 2004; earned a second Master of Science degree in System Quality Management (Six Sigma emphasis) from the National Graduate School in Falmouth, MA in 2007.
A native of Tampa, Florida, CDR Judge is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, INC., avid racquetball player and has two adult children Darius and Alyssia.