Master Chief Zidek is a native of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania and completed basic training at CG Training Center Cape May, NJ in 1987. Following boot camp, he reported to USCGC RUSH homeported in Alameda, CA. Future assignments included: USCGC SHERMAN, Alameda, CA; CG Training Center Governor’s Island for ET A School; Electronic Engineering Center, Wildwood, NJ; USCGC Mohawk, Key West, FL; LORAN C Station Seneca, Romulus, NY; USCGC Mellon, Seattle WA; CG Training Center Yorktown, VA; and ESD Memphis, TN. He is currently assigned as the Command Master Chief at Coast Guard Sector Miami.
He is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy (class #146 – Silver Anniversary Class), and has attended numerous schools and several Leadership and Management classes offered by the Coast Guard.
Master Chief Zidek is the recipient of the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation, DOT Gold Medal for outstanding Achievement, Coast Guard Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbon, Coast Guard E Ribbon, Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, DOT 9-11 Coast Guard Ribbon, Special Operations Service Medal, Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon, Riflemen Ribbon, Pistol Ribbon, Permanent Cutterman Insignia, and The Command Master Chief Insignia.
Master Chief Zidek is married, has 3 sons, and a grandson. He enjoys spending time with his family off-roading in his Jeep. Master Chief Zidek is fan of: Penn State, the Oakland Raiders, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and all types of music. His two favorite movies are Boon Dock Saints and The Avengers.