Chief Richard Wiles
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.
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).
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
Master Chief Wiles has earned
the permanent Cutterman insignia.
A native of
Saginaw, Michigan, Master Chief Wiles enlisted in the United States Navy in
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
He has also earned Associate
Degrees in Computer Technology and Electronic Instrumentation.
Wiles has been married to his wife Linda for over 25 years.
They have five children.