Command Master Chief
Master Chief Petty Officer Ryan Fahlenkamp assumed the duties as Command Master Chief for the 8th Coast Guard District in August 2014. His primary responsibility is to advise the Commander of the 8th Coast Guard District on issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families throughout the District, encompassing 26 states, including the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Florida to Mexico, the adjacent offshore waters and outer continental shelf, as well as the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee River systems.
Originally from Riverbank, CA, Master Chief Fahlenkamp enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1989. His previous assignments include Command Master Chief of PATFORSWA; Command Master Chief of the Deployable Operations Group; instructor at Chief Petty Officer Academy, Petaluma, CA.; chief of culinary knowledge, course design chief, galley supervisor, classroom chief of Food Service Specialist “A” School at Training Center Petaluma, CA; Food Service Officer, Loran Station Port Clarence, Alaska; Master-at- Arms staff, Training Center Petaluma, CA; Food Service Officer, Coast Guard Cutter POINT CHICO, Bodega Bay, CA; Food Service Officer, Air Station Humboldt Bay, McKinleyville, CA; duty cook, Coast Guard Cutter MUNRO, Alameda, CA; and Deck Department Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, Astoria, OR, and Coast Guard Cutter JARVIS, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Master Chief Fahlenkamp is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy Class CXLI (137) and Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course. He is also a qualified emergency medical technician.
Master Chief Fahlenkamp’s military awards include two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, five Coast Guard Achievement Medals with operational distinguishing device, three Commandant’s Letters of Commendation with operational distinguishing device, Restricted Duty and Arctic Service Medals. He has also earned a permanent Cutterman’s insignia.