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|
|Formation||August 27, 1969|
|First holder||MCPOCG Charles L. Calhoun|
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.
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
|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|
- "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.