Captain Paul E. Wiedenhoeft
Chief of Staff, Force Readiness Command
United States Coast Guard
Captain Wiedenhoeft has been Chief of Staff for Coast Guard Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) since July 2011.
FORCECOM is responsible for preparing the Coast Guard workforce and enabling operational commanders to achieve
mission excellence. FORCECOM delivers training and assessment and promotes force interoperability, standardization,
proficiency and improvement through doctrine and exercise support.
Ashore, Captain Wiedenhoeft has served as Commander, Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, a Rescue Coordination
Center Controller and District Command Center Watch Officer in Seattle, Washington, Deputy Assistant Commandant for
Capability and in two other offices at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC with emphases in senior-level
management effectiveness and enterprise logistics information.
Captain Wiedenhoeft has sailed in five Coast Guard cutters, commanding a patrol boat, a buoy tender, and a medium
endurance cutter while conducting all Coast Guard missions afloat from the waters of Southeast United States, the
Caribbean Sea, Western Pacific and South China Sea, North Pacific Ocean to the Bering and Chukchi Seas beyond the
Captain Wiedenhoeft is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Electrical Engineering and of the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994 with a Master of Science degree in Information
Captain Wiedenhoeft is a native of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He wears the permanent Cutterman insignia and personal
awards including the Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2) with “O” device; Coast Guard Commendation
Medal with “O” device (4) and Coast Guard Achievement Medal with “O” device. He was promoted to Captain in 2004.