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Command Master Chief
US Coast Guard Ninth District


Master Chief Wiles assumed duties as Command Master Chief, District Nine on June 28th, 2013. His primary responsibility is to advise RDML Fred Midgette, Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, on issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families within the District. The Ninth District includes all nine Great Lakes States and more than 6,700 miles of freshwater shoreline. Most recently Master Chief Wiles served as Assistant Engineer Officer and Command Master Chief onboard the Coast Guard Cutter (CGC) MACKINAW (WLBB 30), Cheboygan, MI.

Master Chief Wiles’ previous assignments include Executive Petty Officer CGC POLAR STAR (WAGB 10), Seattle, WA; U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, El Paso, TX; Engineer Petty Officer, CGC Henry Blake (WLM 563), Everett, WA; Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN; Electrical Division Chief, CGC SUNDEW (WLB 404), Duluth, MN; CGC STEADFAST (WMEC 623), Astoria, OR; CG Group Moriches, East Moriches, NY; and Naval service as crewmember onboard USS Fairfax County (LST 1193).

Master Chief Wiles’ personal awards include three Coast Guard Commendation Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, one Coast Guard Achievement Medal, one Navy Achievement Medal, one Army Achievement Medal, two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons with Operational Distinguishing Device, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous other individual and unit awards. Master Chief Wiles has earned the permanent Cutterman insignia.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Master Chief Wiles enlisted in the United States Navy in 1984. After honorable discharge in February 1991, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1992. Master Chief Wiles is a proud graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy (East), Class 57; the U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 56; and the Advanced Computer, Engineering, And Technology (ACET) Program. Master Chief Wiles earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts: Administration/Management Studies. He has also earned Associate Degrees in Computer Technology and Electronic Instrumentation.

Master Chief Wiles has been married to his wife Linda for over 25 years. They have five children.

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