Captain Crea is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  She graduated from Seoul American High School in Seoul, Korea in 1968.

Captain Crea is currently a 2 star Rear Admiral,  First Coast Guard District and Commander, Maritime Defense Command One.

Captain Crea holds a number of “Firsts” for women in the United States Coast Guard. She is a USCG Commanding Officer, Leader, and Pilot. She is the first Admiral in the US Coast Guard.  Commissioned in 1973, Captain Crea was the first female aircraft commander in the Coast Guard, and the first female Commanding Officer of a Coast Guard Air Station. Captain Crea also served as Coast Guard Aide to the President under President Reagan, and Executive Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

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