Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
MCPOCG Jason M. Vanderhaden 2018.jpg
Jason M. Vanderhaden

since May 17, 2018
FormationAugust 27, 1969
First holderMCPOCG Charles L. Calhoun
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG) is the senior enlisted member of the U.S. Coast Guard and the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard on all enlisted personnel matters.

The holder of this position is equivalent to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sergeant Major of the Army, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and by protocol is equal to a vice admiral.[1]

The MCPOCG is appointed by the Commandant of the Coast Guard to serve as a spokesperson to address the issues of enlisted personnel to the highest levels in the Coast Guard. As such the MCPOCG is the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. The MCPOCG's exact duties vary, depending on the Commandant, though generally devotes much time traveling throughout the Coast Guard observing training and communicating with Coast Guardsmen and their families. The normal tour of assignment is four years, which runs concurrently with the Commandant of the Coast Guard. The first member to hold this post was MCPOCG Charles L. Calhoun, and the current MCPOCG is Jason M. Vanderhaden.

Master Chief Petty Officers of the Coast Guard

MCPOCG insignia
Sleeve Collar/Cap Badge
No. MCPOCG Photo Tenure
1 MCPOCG Charles L. Calhoun Charles Calhoun coast guard.jpg 1969–1973
2 MCPOCG Philip F. Smith MCPOCG Phillip Smith.jpg 1973–1977
3 MCPOCG Hollis B. Stephens MCPOCG Hollis Stephens.jpg 1977–1981
4 MCPOCG Carl W. Constantine MCPOCG Carl Constantine.jpg 1981–1986
5 MCPOCG Allen Thiele MCPOCG Allen Thiele.jpg 1986–1990
6 MCPOCG R. Jay Lloyd MCPOCG R. Jay Lloyd.jpg 1990–1994
7 MCPOCG Eric A. Trent MCPOCG Rick Trent.jpg 1994–1998
8 MCPOCG Vincent W. Patton III Vincent patton-USCG.jpg 1998–2002
9 MCPOCG Frank A. Welch 9thMCPOCG.jpg 2002–2006
10 MCPOCG Charles W. Bowen Charles W. Bowen.jpg 2006–2010
11 MCPOCG Michael P. Leavitt Leavitt 2010.jpg 2010–2014
12 MCPOCG Steven W. Cantrell Master Chief Steven W Cantrell.jpg 2014–2018
13 MCPOCG Jason M. Vanderhaden MCPOCG Jason M. Vanderhaden 2018.jpg 2018–present

See also


  1. ^ "Order of Precedence – OPNAVINST 1710.7J (NOTES: 7)" (PDF). JMAR Protocol Training and Consulting. Retrieved February 17, 2019. Senior Enlisted Service Representatives (SMA, SGMMC, MCPON, CMSAF, etc.) are typically afforded precedence equal to that of a three-star officer and are placed somewhere midway between the senior and junior general/flag officer present. This is not an exact rule, but one which can used to arrive at the proper placement for most situations.

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