Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
Seal of the United States Coast Guard.svg
Seal of the Coast Guard
Badge of the MCPOCG
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Heath B. Jones

since May 19, 2022
United States Coast Guard
TypeSenior enlisted advisor
Reports toCommandant of the Coast Guard
AppointerCommandant of the Coast Guard
Term length4 years
FormationAugust 27, 1969; 53 years ago (1969-08-27)
First holderCharles L. Calhoun
DeputyDeputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
Salary$9,109.50 per month, regardless of the incumbent's service longevity[1]
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, 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.[2]

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.[3][4]

Master Chief Petty Officers of the Coast Guard

MCPOCG insignia
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Sleeve Collar/Cap Badge
No. MCPOCG Photo Term start Term end
1 MCPOCG Charles L. Calhoun (1925-2002)
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August 27, 1969 August 1, 1973
2 MCPOCG Philip F. Smith (1932-2017)
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August 1, 1973 August 1, 1977
3 MCPOCG Hollis B. Stephens (1932-)
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August 1, 1977 August 1, 1981
4 MCPOCG Carl W. Constantine (1938-)
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August 1, 1981 May 1, 1986
5 MCPOCG Allen Thiele (1940-2017)
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May 1, 1986 June 29, 1990
6 MCPOCG R. Jay Lloyd (?-)
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June 29, 1990 July 1, 1994
7 MCPOCG Eric A. Trent (1944-)
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July 1, 1994 May 31, 1998
8 MCPOCG Vincent W. Patton III (1954-)
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May 31, 1998 October 10, 2002
9 MCPOCG Frank A. Welch (c.1960-)
October 10, 2002 June 14, 2006
10 MCPOCG Charles W. Bowen (?-)
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June 14, 2006 May 21, 2010
11 MCPOCG Michael P. Leavitt (1960-)
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May 21, 2010 May 22, 2014
12 MCPOCG Steven W. Cantrell (?-)
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May 22, 2014 May 17, 2018
13 MCPOCG Jason M. Vanderhaden (?-)
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May 17, 2018 May 19, 2022
14 MCPOCG Heath B. Jones (?-)
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May 19, 2022 Incumbent

See also


  1. ^ "Defense Finance and Accounting Service > MilitaryMembers > payentitlements > Pay Tables > Basic Pay > EM".
  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.
  3. ^ "Master Chief Charles L. Calhoun". Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  4. ^ Kime, Patricia (April 7, 2022). "Coast Guard Names Its 14th Master Chief Petty Officer". Retrieved April 8, 2022.