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Senior Coast Guard Leadership

Leaders are individuals who guide or direct in a course by showing the way. The Coast Guard senior leadership possess the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity. This is exemplified in their adherence to the Coast Guard's core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. They strive to ensure that the Coast Guard can complete its missions and remain Semper Paratus, Always Ready.

Commandant of the Coast Guard

Admiral Paul F. Zukunft


Top service official, responsible for all world-wide Coast Guard activities, and oversees 41,700 active-duty military; 7,800 reserve military part-time employees; 8,300 civilian full-time employees; and 31,000 civilian auxiliary volunteers.

Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard

Admiral Charles D. Michel

Vice Commandant

Second in command, directly oversees Coast Guard's senior operational and mission support commanders, as well as Headquarters staff, and serves as service chief in absence of the Commandant.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell


The service's senior enlisted member, who advises the Commandant on enlisted military workforce policies, advocate for military benefits and entitlements, enlisted mentor, and sounding board for select enlisted administrative actions.

Chaplain of the Coast Guard

Captain Gregory N. Todd


The Chaplain of the Coast Guard advises the Commandant on religious support and promotes the well-being of all personnel, manages Navy Chaplains assigned to the Coast Guard and ensures personnel and families are provided the full continuum of pastoral care.

Representing the Service


3/10/2017 9:58:18 AM

Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard met with President Santos and government officials in Bogota, alongside U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker and Vice Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield. The Coast Guard and the U.S., writ-large, cannot defeat the threat of Transnational Criminal Organizations alone. President Santos is committed to make progress on this front through crop substitution and eradication, part of a 5-point plan that will require years and resources – and a commitment nonetheless after striking a peace accord in a conflict that has raged for more than 50 years.

Key Documents


Strategic Intent: Mid-Term Report
Mid-Term Report
The Mid-Term Report highlights organizational accomplishments since May 2014 and outlines the Coast Guard’s way forward for the next two years and beyond.
U.S. Coast Guard Human Capital Strategy
U.S. Coast Guard Human Capital Strategy
This strategy guides leaders to develop people with the right competencies and experience to execute missions, create positive workplaces that foster proficiency and support our people throughout their careers.
U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Strategy
U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Strategy
The U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Strategy guides our efforts in the cyber domain. This strategy identifies three distinct strategic priorities critical to our overall mission success: Defending Cyberspace, Enabling Operations and Protecting Infrastructure.
Commandant's Strategic Intent 2015-2019
Commandant's Strategic Intent 2015-2019
The Strategic Intent 2015-2019 outlines the Coast Guard’s highest strategic priorities to address unprecedented modern risks that threaten our Nation’s security and prosperity.
A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
This revision to A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower builds on the heritage and complementary capabilities of the Navy-Marine Corps-Coast Guard team to advance the prosperity and guarantee the security of our Nation.
Western Hemisphere Strategy
U.S. Coast Guard Western Hemisphere Strategy
This strategy emphasizes our highest objectives through three broadly defined strategic priorities: Combating Networks, Securing Borders, and Safeguarding Commerce. it also identifies several critical enablers that will ensure our long-term success.
CCG Direction
Commandant's Direction 2014
This document outlines the Coast Guard's value to the nation and provides the Commandant's plan to maintain the service as a unique instrument of national security.
CG Pub 1
Coast Guard Publication 1
This document describes who we are, what we do, where we came from, and where we’re going. It traces our history to explain how we evolved into today's Coast Guard, protecting those on the sea, protecting the Nation against threats delivered by sea, and protecting the sea itself.
Coast Guard Arctic Strategy
Coast Guard Arctic Strategy
This document outlines the Coast Guard's intent to ensure maritime governance in the U.S. Arctic over the next 10 years by pursuing three key objectives: improving awareness, modernizing governance and broadening partnerships.
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