Carl Hatfield is the lead Marine Transportation System Specialist at the Eighth Coast Guard

District, headquartered in New Orleans, La. The Eighth District covers all or part of 26 states

throughout the Gulf Coast and heartland of America. It stretches from the Appalachian

Mountains and Chattahoochee River in the east, to the Rocky Mountains in the west, and from

the border between the U.S. and Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border in North

Dakota. There are 1,200 miles of coastline and 10,300 miles of inland navigable waterways

located in his area of responsibility. The Eighth District is home to two of the nation’s busiest

ports, New Orleans and Houston. More than two million barrels of oil and one million tons of

cargo are imported daily. Seventeen of the top 40 busiest ports by tonnage are located in the

Eighth District.

In his incident response role Mr. Hatfield is a member of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Incident

Management Assist Team serving as a Type-1 Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit

Leader. His past response experience includes the Haitian earthquake of 2010, Deepwater

Horizon oil spill of 2010, Mississippi River flooding of 2011, Hurricanes Isaac, Matthew,

Michael, Harvey, Nate, and numerous other type-2 and 3 pollution and marine salvage incidents.

Mr. Hatfield is a Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) subject matter expert within

the Coast Guard. He served on the design team for the Super Bowl XLVII Community of

Interest (COI) and was the coauthor of the first ever mobile HSIN user interface. The mobile

interface enabled the hundreds of users access to real-time information in the field. He has led

many other instances of HSIN’s use from hurricanes to oil spills, increasing situational

awareness for leadership and responders alike.

Mr. Hatfield is an honor graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and has a

B.S. from Excelsior College, a M.A in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S.

Naval War College, a M.A. in International Relations, a M.S. in Innovation and Strategic

Management and a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity and Intelligence from Salve Regina


Mr. Hatfield is an adjunct lecturer at Tulane University teaching undergraduate courses in

domestic and international terrorism and critical infrastructure protection.