Master Chief Petty Officer Forrest W. Croom served as the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force from June 31, 1991 until August 31, 1994.
In June of 1991 YNCM Forrest W. Croom became the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force.
Prior to his selection, he served as Freedom of Information Act Coordinator in the Office of Command, Control and Communications. Previous staff assignments included service in the Office of Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection, Merchant Marine Veterans Branch as Acting Branch Chief and Administrative Supervisor. As the Command Enlisted Advisor, Reserve Forces he served as the Coast Guard's first representative to the Senior Enlisted Advisor Council, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Department of Defense. Prior to his appointment the CG Reserve was not represented and had no voice regarding issues facing Coast Guard Reserve personnel.
During his tenure as Master Chief Petty Officer-Coast Guard Reserve Force MCPO CROOM institutionalized the position as a viable entity for the Coast Guard and Reserve. There was much skepticism concerning the need for a Reserve Force Master Chief. Through his trip reports and hands on style he quickly overcame resistance to his position. MCPO CROOM worked to successfully change the archaic regulations forcing reserve women to go IRR in their first trimester of pregnancy. With command encouragement and support, he put the reserve women on a par with their active counterparts. MCPO CROOM helped established the Reserve Chief Petty Officers Academy course and created an official Reserve Command Enlisted Advisory position throughout the CG Reserve program. During every visit to a reserve or active duty unit MCPO CROOM required a Chiefs Call, regardless of the number of chiefs assigned, to ensure communications between active and reserve personnel was maintained and fostered. Of MCPO CROOM it can be said that what he professed, he performed.