CDR John “Jack” Souders
Commander John “Jack” Souders, representing the U.S. Coast Guard, is a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2020–21 at the Hoover Institution.
Commander Souders is a Coast Guard officer specializing in emergency response and law enforcement operations as an MH-65 helicopter pilot. During his 18-year career, he served in a variety of afloat and aviation command and staff positions conducting operations throughout the Western Hemisphere. He has disrupted transnational criminal organizations at sea, flown post-hurricane search and rescue missions, and protected the National Capitol Region Flight Restricted Zone as a Rotary Wing Air Intercept pilot. Commander Souders comes to the Hoover Institution from the United States Senate, where he served as Chief of the USCG Senate Liaison Office, responsible for developing and executing the Service’s legislative strategy. He earned his military commission from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he also earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.