Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

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.

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 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, Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Space 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 GuardEdit

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

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  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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