|Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard|
|United States Coast Guard|
|Type||Senior enlisted advisor|
|Reports to||Commandant of the Coast Guard|
|Appointer||Commandant of the Coast Guard|
|Term length||4 years|
|Formation||August 27, 1969|
|First holder||Charles L. Calhoun|
|Deputy||Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard|
|Salary||$9,109.50 per month, regardless of the incumbent's service longevity|
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, Chief Master Sergeant 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.
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 Heath B. Jones who assumed office on May 19, 2022.
|No.||MCPOCG||Photo||Term start||Term end|
|1||MCPOCG Charles L. Calhoun (1925-2002)||August 27, 1969||August 1, 1973|
|2||MCPOCG Philip F. Smith (1932-2017)||August 1, 1973||August 1, 1977|
|3||MCPOCG Hollis B. Stephens (1932-)||August 1, 1977||August 1, 1981|
|4||MCPOCG Carl W. Constantine (1938-)||August 1, 1981||May 1, 1986|
|5||MCPOCG Allen Thiele (1940-2017)||May 1, 1986||June 29, 1990|
|6||MCPOCG R. Jay Lloyd (?-)||June 29, 1990||July 1, 1994|
|7||MCPOCG Eric A. Trent (1944-)||July 1, 1994||May 31, 1998|
|8||MCPOCG Vincent W. Patton III (1954-)||May 31, 1998||October 10, 2002|
|9||MCPOCG Frank A. Welch (c.1960-)||October 10, 2002||June 14, 2006|
|10||MCPOCG Charles W. Bowen (?-)||June 14, 2006||May 21, 2010|
|11||MCPOCG Michael P. Leavitt (1960-)||May 21, 2010||May 22, 2014|
|12||MCPOCG Steven W. Cantrell (?-)||May 22, 2014||May 17, 2018|
|13||MCPOCG Jason M. Vanderhaden (?-)||May 17, 2018||May 19, 2022|
|14||MCPOCG Heath B. Jones (?-)||May 19, 2022||Incumbent|
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.