Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
Seal of the Coast Guard
Badge of the MCPOCG
Heath B. Jones
since 19 May 2022
United States Coast Guard
TypeSenior enlisted advisor
Reports toCommandant of the Coast Guard
AppointerCommandant of the Coast Guard
Term length4 years
Formation27 August 1969; 54 years ago (1969-08-27)
First holderCharles L. Calhoun
DeputyDeputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
Salary$9,786.00 per month, regardless of the incumbent's service longevity[1]

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.[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 and is designated as a special paygrade above E-9. 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 typically runs concurrently with the commandant. 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.[3][4]


MCPOCG insignia
Sleeve Collar/Cap Badge

List of master chief petty officers of the Coast Guard

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


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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 17 February 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 19 March 2021.
  4. ^ Kime, Patricia (7 April 2022). "Coast Guard Names Its 14th Master Chief Petty Officer". Retrieved 8 April 2022.