Within hours of the initial earthquake, the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, Florida, activated its Incident Management Team and established an Incident Command Post to direct recovery and assistance operations from ground, sea, and air assets.
This effort was closely coordinated between the Finance Section Chief at the Seventh Coast Guard District Incident Command Post in Miami and both the Atlantic Area Resources Division in Portsmouth, Virginia, and the Assistant Commandant for Resources at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.
Vice President Joe Biden (left) shakes hands with Rear Admiral Steve Branham (right), commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District, and U.
The decision to suspend this search is particularly difficult because we believe there were many people on board this vessel that have not been recovered and are presumed lost at sea," Rear Admiral Steve Branham, commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District
Prior to this assignment, he was the Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District
and served as the Director, Homeland Security Task Force-Southeast, where he directed Operation Able Sentry, the Department of Homeland Security response to the crisis in Haiti.