Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2023  •  Morial Convention Center  •  New Orleans, LA


LCDR Richard Sanzo

LCDR Sanzo assumed his current duties as the Small Boat Product Line Engineering Branch Chief and Acting Product Line Manager for the Surface Forces Logistics Center in July 2020. As such, he is responsible for all elements of logistics, depot maintenance management, configuration management, engineering change development, supply support, and casualty maintenance management supporting 46-percent of all US Coast Guard resource hours at 551 operating commands. To provide these services, LCDR Sanzo leads a team of 148 active duty military, government civilian, and contracted support personnel in 13 locations nationwide. 

Previously, LCDR Sanzo served as the Integrated Logistics Development Team Leader at the Surface Acquisition Logistics Center supporting seven small boat acquisition and procurement programs. Leading a team of five active duty and government civilians, he was responsible for the delivery of all 12 Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements in accordance with the Coast Guard’s modernized business model and to the unique requirements of operators and maintainers. During this time, he also provided logistics support and humanitarian relief initiatives while temporarily assigned to USCG Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico as the Incident Command Logistics Section Chief immediately following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017.


LCDR Sanzo also served as the Sector Field Office (SFO) Supervisor in Moriches, NY managing 35 active duty naval and facility engineers, finance, administrative, and corpsmen personnel to support Sector Long Island Sound’s eight Stations, Aids-to-Navigation Teams and 2 patrol boats. During this time, he spearheaded the massive recovery effort to reconstitute the USCG units of Long Island, NY following the historic damages caused by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. As a native Long Islander, he leveraged all available means of organic, depot, and commercial support to rapidly regain mission readiness, while aiding the local communities and successfully advocating for $55M worth of USCG infrastructure acquisition, construction, and improvements to improve resiliency.

A career naval engineer, LCDR Sanzo has served five years at sea including Engineer Officer of CGC TAHOMA in Portsmouth, NH which most notably executed the first on-scene humanitarian and disaster relief efforts that sparked Operation Unified Response following the massive 7.0 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2010. His other assignments include Port Engineer and Maintenance Integrator for the “High-Tempo High Maintenance” 110’ Patrol Boat Program, and Damage Control Assistant on board CGC Northland which responded to the most active Atlantic hurricane season in history consisting of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005.   

LCDR Sanzo graduated the US Coast Guard Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds Masters of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and has earned DHS Program Management, Lifecycle Logistics, and Systems Engineering certifications.

His personal awards include three CG Commendation Medals, three CG Achievement Medals, four Humanitarian Service medals, and two Armed Forces Service medals.

He lives in Maryland with his wife, who is a Clinical Doctor of Psychology, seven year old daughter and four year old son.   


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