Chris O’Neil is the Chief of Media Relations at the National Transportation Safety Board. He came to the Office of Safety Recommendations and Communications in January 2016 and has more than 30 years of government communication experience earned through collateral duty and full-time public affairs assignments with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He directs, manages and guides a staff of four to provide the full spectrum of media relations services to the NTSB.
His military full-time public affairs positions include assignments to Coast Guard Atlantic Area Public Affairs, New York, 7th Coast Guard District Public Affairs, Miami, Florida, Coast Guard Chief of Media Relations, Coast Guard Headquarters, and Coast Guard Chief of Strategic Communication, Coast Guard Headquarters. He also gained public affairs experience as a collateral duty public affairs officer for operational assignments at the 438th Security Police Squadron, McGuire AFB, New Jersey; Coast Guard Station New York; Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Morgan City, Louisiana; and Marine Safety Office St. Louis, Missouri.