Captain Eric King reported to Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) in July 2020. In his role as the Coast Guard’s Chief of the Training and Performance, he oversees world-wide training, performance analysis, and the implementation of Modernized Ready Learning. He is directly responsible for the delivery of all resident instruction, classroom training and distance learning at eight national training campuses and 12 regional, specialized training sites. With an annual throughput of almost 15,000 graduates, the $100 Million training system offers 19 entry-level schools as well as 820 advanced technical courses to the 55,000 person workforce.

Prior to his assignment to FORCECOM, Captain King served as the Commander, Sector San Juan. As Sector Commander, he led 650 active duty, reserve and civilian men and women to conduct all Coast Guard missions in the Eastern Caribbean. He exercised a variety of statutory authorities in a 1.3 Million Square Mile area of responsibility as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge – Marine Inspections, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. He led the Coast Guard’s unprecedented response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands where he synchronized port partners and federal agencies to re-open 17 maritime ports to deliver urgently needed aid and commodities in support of FEMA’s largest ever relief effort. In addition, he oversaw a $74 Million Mission Assignment to restore the marine environment, including the salvage of 856 sunken vessels following the storms.

From 2014-2017, he served as Chief of the Training Department in Training Center Petaluma, California, where he led the delivery of training seven entry-level schools and 31 advanced technical skill courses for the mission support ratings (Operations Specialist, Storekeeper, Yeoman, Health Service Technician, Culinary Specialist, Information Systems Technician and Electronics Technician) that produced over 3,000 graduates annually.
Captain King also served as the Chief of Response at Sector Mobile from 2011 to 2014, where he oversaw all search and rescue, law enforcement and pollution response missions in Alabama, Mississippi and the panhandle of Florida including the Deepwater Horizon clean-up efforts.

A 1995 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, Captain King served on cutter VIGOROUS as a Deck Watch Officer following graduation. His previous assignments consist of two Tactical Law Enforcement tours including Officer in Charge, Law Enforcement Detachment Five Golf in Fort Macon, NC (1997 to 1999) and Officer in Charge, Coast Guard Deployable Pursuit Boats onboard USNS PERSISTENT (1999 to 2001), Sector Charleston Command Center Chief (2006 to 2009) and Coast Guard Liaison Officer to U.S. Navy Third Fleet (2009 to 2011).

After his Tactical Law Enforcement tours, he attended Florida State University and received a Masters Degree in Instructional Systems in 2002. He then served at Training Center Cape May, where he received his Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers University (Camden) in 2005. In addition, he completed Joint Professional Military Education (Phase One) at the Naval War College in 2012.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals and four Coast Guard Commendation Medals among many other personal, unit and campaign awards.