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UMA’s Leclair Appointed to US Coast Guard Maritime Security Executive Committee

Daniel Leclair Appointed to US Coast Guard Maritime Security Executive Committee

University of Maine at Augusta Director of UAS Education & Research to Serve on Sector Northern New England Area Maritime Security Executive Steering Committee


AUGUSTA, ME – Dan Leclair, Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Education and Research at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), has been appointed by the United States Coast Guard Federal Maritime Security Coordinator to a five-year term as a member of the Sector Northern New England Area Maritime Security Executive Steering Committee.

Col. Daniel Leclair courtesy of Daniel Leclair
Photo of Col. Daniel Leclair

The Executive Steering Committee assists in the development, review, and updating of the Area Maritime Security Plan.  The Committee works with various stakeholders in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and northeast New York to coordinate and review maritime security, including identifying critical port infrastructure and operations; identifying risks; determining mitigation strategies and implementation methods; and providing advice to Captain of the Port in developing the Area Maritime Security Plan.

Col. Leclair is a former Northeast Regional Commander for the Civil Air Patrol and has been involved with national drone training programs for over six years, most recently teaching as part-time faculty at UMA.

“Col. Dan Leclair is an outstanding choice for appointment to the Maritime Security Executive Steering Committee,” said Rebecca Wyke, UMA President.  “His background with unmanned aircraft systems, as well as his long history with the Civil Air Patrol will serve him well in this positon.”

“It is an honor to be appointed to the Executive Steering Committee.  I look forward to participating as a member of this Steering Committee with important responsibilities for maritime security,” said Col. Leclair.

This is the second appointment with UMA connections to the Maritime Security Executive Steering Committee. In 2018, UMA Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and Computer Information Systems Henry Felch was appointed to serve on this Steering Committee.

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UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.

For more information on UMA’s Aviation and UAS program.

Sector Northern New England Area Maritime Security Executive Steering Committee

This Committee is established under the direction of the Captain of the Port as outlined in Title 332 Code of Federal Regulations Part 103.100-103.520.