|Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard|
Heath B. Jones
since 19 May 2022
|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||27 August 1969|
|First holder||Charles L. Calhoun|
|Deputy||Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard|
|Salary||$9,786.00 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, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force, 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 19 May 2022.
|No.||MCPOCG||Photo||Term start||Term end|
|1||MCPOCG Charles L. Calhoun (1925-2002)||27 August 1969||1 August 1973|
|2||MCPOCG Philip F. Smith (1932-2017)||1 August 1973||1 August 1977|
|3||MCPOCG Hollis B. Stephens (1932-)||1 August 1977||1 August 1981|
|4||MCPOCG Carl W. Constantine (1938-)||1 August 1981||1 May 1986|
|5||MCPOCG Allen Thiele (1940-2017)||1 May 1986||29 June 1990|
|6||MCPOCG R. Jay Lloyd (?-)||29 June 1990||1 July 1994|
|7||MCPOCG Eric A. Trent (1944-)||1 July 1994||31 May 1998|
|8||MCPOCG Vincent W. Patton III (1954-)||31 May 1998||10 October 2002|
|9||MCPOCG Frank A. Welch (c.1960-)||10 October 2002||14 June 2006|
|10||MCPOCG Charles W. Bowen (?-)||14 June 2006||21 May 2010|
|11||MCPOCG Michael P. Leavitt (1960-)||21 May 2010||22 May 2014|
|12||MCPOCG Steven W. Cantrell (?-)||22 May 2014||17 May 2018|
|13||MCPOCG Jason M. Vanderhaden (?-)||17 May 2018||19 May 2022|
|14||MCPOCG Heath B. Jones (?-)||19 May 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.