William R. Edson, BMCM, Command Master Chief
Assignment to PSU 311
Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate (BMCM) William Edson assumed the duties of the Command Master Chief of Port Security Unit 311 in September, 2014. He is the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commanding Officer of an expeditionary warfare unit that is responsible for providing port security in support of military or humanitarian operations worldwide. Port Security Unit 311 is ready to deploy within 96 hours of notification and is capable of establishing sustained 24 hour operations for up to 30 days.
BMCM Edson enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in January 1991 and attended basic training in Cape May, New Jersey as a member of “Papa” Company 135. He entered the Coast Guard Reserves in 1998. During his time in the Coast Guard, he has been certified as a Coxswain, Tactical Coxswain, and a Boarding Officer. Prior to this unit, BMCM Edson was the Reserve CMC for Sector Honolulu (Silver Badge). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Ashford University. In his civilian career as a deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, he is assigned as a Drill Instructor at the Sheriff’s Academy.
BMCM Edson’s previous assignments have included; CGC Firebush (Kodiak, AK. 1991-1992), Station San Diego (1992-1995), CG Military Police (Kodiak, AK. 1995-1998), PSU 311 (Long Beach, CA. 1998-2006), Station Long Beach/Los Angeles (2006-2010), and Sector Honolulu (2010-2014). During his career as a Reservists, he has deployed overseas on three occasions under Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom: Bahrain (2001-2002), Kuwait/Iraq (2003), and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (2005-2006). BMCM Edson resides in Los Angeles, Ca. with his wife and two children.
His awards include: Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 911 Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal, Military Volunteer Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Arm Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, Coxswain and Port Security Unit Insignia’s, and various other unit and service awards.