Command Master Chief
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area
Master Chief Vanderhaden assumed the duties of Command Master Chief, Coast Guard Pacific Area May 1, 2014, where he serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Pacific Area commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within half of the world that ranges from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa.
Master Chief Vanderhaden’s previous assignments include Command Master Chief 13th Coast Guard District, Command Master Chief Base Honolulu, Chief Petty Officer Academy, USCGC Reliance, Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, USCGC Active, Air Station Humboldt Bay, USCGC Cheyenne, Air Station Clearwater, LORAN Station Iwo Jima, FS “A” School, Station Jones Beach, and Station Short Beach.
Master Chief Vanderhaden’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and other personal and service awards. He has earned a permanent Cutterman insignia, Boat Forces Operations insignia, and a Command Master Chief (Gold Badge) insignia.
Master Chief Vanderhaden is a graduate of Class 114 of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, the National Defense University’s Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Course, and other service-related schools.