Reserve Command Master Chief
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area
Master Chief Williamson assumed duties as Reserve Command Master Chief, Pacific Area, in July 2012. His primary responsibility is to advise Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Pacific Area Commander, on issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard Reserve members and their families within Pacific Area. Pacific Area includes, District 11, District 13, District 14, District 17, and 8 Port Security Units. Most recently Master Chief Williamson served as Reserve Command Master Chief for Fifth Coast Guard District, Portsmouth VA, from July 2007.
Master Chief Williamson’s prior assignments, both Active and Reserve, include: USCGC RED OAK, USCG Station Beach Haven NJ, Reserve Unit Long Beach Island, ANT Cape May, USCG Station Atlantic City, and Coast Guard Cutters IBIS, FINBACK, and MAKO all home ported in Cape May, NJ.
In civilian life, Master Chief Williamson is a Patrol Sergeant for the West Norriton Township Police Department, Montgomery County, PA. He serves as a hostage negotiator on the SWAT unit. He has also worked for over twenty five years in the maritime industry as a Captain of excursion and fishing vessels. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University.
A native of Norristown, Pennsylvania, Master Chief Williamson entered the U. S. Coast Guard on Active Duty in October of 1983 and became a member of the Reserves in January of 1988. Master Chief Williamson was recalled to active duty in July 2010 for the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance. Master Chief Williamson was also recalled under Title 10 in February 2011 to serve as the Command and Control supervisor of the Military Outload operations conducted in the Port of Philadelphia in support of OCONUS missions. Master Chief Williamson’s personal awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals with “O” device, two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation with “O” device, seven Reserve Good Conduct Medals, and numerous service and unit awards. He holds a Permanent Cutterman’s Pin and Boat Coxswain’s Pin.