Jason M. Vanderhaden

Jason M. Vanderhaden is a senior enlisted member of the United States Coast Guard. He assumed the duties as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard on May 17, 2018 and serves as the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard on all enlisted personnel matters.[1] As a matter of protocol, this gives him precedence equal to that of a three-star officer (vice admiral).[2]

Jason M. Vanderhaden
Vanderhaden as 13th MCPOCG
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Coast Guard
Years of service1988–present
RankMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
AwardsLegion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3)
Coast Guard Achievement Medal (4)


Since enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1988, MCPOCG Vanderhaden has served in a number of positions, including:

  • Command Master Chief, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS), Washington, DC
  • Command Master Chief, Pacific Area, Alameda, CA
  • Command Master Chief, 13th Coast Guard District, Seattle, WA
  • Command Master Chief, Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
  • Instructor, Chief Petty Officer Academy, Petaluma, CA
  • USCGC Reliance, Portsmouth, NH
  • Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • USCGC Active, Port Angeles, WA
  • Air Station Humboldt Bay, McKinleyville, CA
  • Air Station Clearwater, Clearwater, FL
  • Coast Guard Loran Station Iwo Jima
  • Coast Guard Food Service Specialist "A" School, Petaluma, CA
  • Coast Guard Station Jones Beach, Freeport, NY
  • Coast Guard Recruit Basic Training, Cape May, NJ


Vanderhaden is a graduate of Class 114 of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, the National Defense University’s Keystone Command Joint Senior Enlisted Leader Course, the Harvard Kennedy School Leadership in Homeland Security Course and other service-related schools. Vanderhaden holds a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College.[1]


Vanderhaden and his wife have two adult children who are both currently serving in the United States Coast Guard.

Awards and decorations

Enlisted Cutterman Insignia (permanent)[1]
1st row
Legion of Merit[1]
Meritorious Service Medal with one gold award star[1]
2nd row
Coast Guard Commendation Medal with two gold award stars and "O" device[1]
Coast Guard Achievement Medal with three gold award stars and "O" device[1]
Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon[1]
3rd row
Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation with hurricane device[1]
Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award[1]
Coast Guard Unit Commendation with three gold award stars and "O" device[1]
4th row
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with three gold award stars and "O" device[1]
Meritorious Team Commendation with three gold award stars[1]
Coast Guard "E" Ribbon with two gold award stars[1]
5th row
Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation[1]
Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal with two silver service stars[1]
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star[1]
6th row
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal[1]
Humanitarian Service Medal[1]
Transportation 9-11 Ribbon[1]
7th row
Special Operations Service Ribbon with one service star[1]
Sea Service Ribbon with two service stars[1]
Restricted Duty Ribbon[1]
8th row
Overseas Service Ribbon[1]
Rifle Marksmanship Medal with expert device[1]
Pistol Marksmanship Medal with expert device[1]
Advanced Boat Force Operations Insignia[1]
Commandant Staff Badge[1]
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Badge[1]


  1. "Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden Command Master Chief Deputy Commandant for Missions Support (DCMS)". U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved 30 March 2018. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. "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.
Military offices
Preceded by
Steven W. Cantrell
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
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