Raised in Howell, New Jersey, LT Catherine Durand attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. She was an active cadet at the Coast Guard Academy, serving as the Regimental Planning Officer, the captain of the Women’s Crew Team, a springboard diver, and member of various clubs. In 2014 she graduated with high honors with a B.S. in Marine & Environmental Sciences.
Upon graduation, Catherine reported to Key West, FL as a member of the plank owner crew of CGC ISAAC MAYO, a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter responsible for law enforcement and search and rescue. In July 2016, she reported to Pensacola, FL for Naval Flight Training where she was designated as a Coast Guard rotary pilot.
After earning her “wings of gold” in June 2018, Catherine was stationed in San Diego, CA where she currently flies the MH-60T Jayhawk. She is a duty-standing search and rescue pilot, and also supports other Coast Guard missions including law enforcement and waterway security.