Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
Master Chief Petty Officer Steven W. Cantrell

since May 22, 2014
Formation August 27, 1969
First holder Charles Calhoun
Website Official Website

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG) is a unique non-commissioned rank and position in the United States Coast Guard.

The holder of this rank and post is the senior enlisted member of the U.S. Coast Guard, 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 is considered protocol equivalent to a vice admiral.[1]

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 positions 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 to sailors 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 Charles Calhoun, and the current MCPOCG is Steven W. Cantrell.

Master Chief Petty Officers of the Coast Guard

MCPOCG insignia
Sleeve Collar/Cap Badge
No. MCPOCG Photo Tenure
1 BMCM Charles Calhoun 1969–1973
2 YNCM Philip F. Smith 1973–1977
3 BMCM Hollis B. Stephens 1977–1981
4 RMCM Carl W. Constantine 1981–1986
5 BMCM Allen Thiele 1986–1990
6 BMCM R. Jay Lloyd 1990–1994
7 ATCM 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–Incumbent


Steven W. Cantrell Michael P. Leavitt Charles W. Bowen Frank A. Welch Vincent W. Patton III Eric A. Trent Charles Calhoun

See also


  1. Order of Precedence – OPNAVINST 1710.7J (NOTES: 7)
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