Master Chief Mark A.
Command Master Chief
Fifth Coast Guard District
Master Chief Mark Pearson assumed his duties as the Command Master Chief for the 5th Coast Guard District on July 11, 2013. As the senior enlisted advisor to the District Commander, Master Chief provides advice on workforce policies, is the senior enlisted mentor, and acts as a sounding board for select administrative actions and initiatives relative to the day to day operations of units throughout the 5th District and their impact on the work force. Master Chief Pearson travels throughout the District visiting units, meeting with crews, observing operational evolutions, and communicating with Coast Guardsmen and their families.
At the time of his selection as the 5th District Command Master Chief, Master Chief Pearson served as the Command Master Chief for Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Bahrain. Originally a Quartermaster, Master Chief served aboard the Coast Guard Cutters IRIS, MUSTANG, BASSWOOD, and SASSAFRAS, and was a Search & Rescue Controller and Command Center Supervisor at the Marianas Section on Guam. In 2003 Master Chief became an Operations Specialist, and in 2007 he was selected to be one of the first three Coast Guard Intelligence Specialists. As the Intelligence Specialist (IS) Rating Training Master Chief at Training Center Yorktown, VA, Master Chief helped stand up the Coast Guard’s IS “A” School.
Master Chief is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Academy (Class 87), the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, and numerous service related schools. Master Chief has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Idaho State University, a Master of Arts degree in Military Studies from American Military University, and a Master of Science degree from Florida State University in Instructional Systems.
Master Chief’s awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Commandant’s Letters of Commendation, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Master Chief has also earned a permanent Cutterman insignia.