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 Robert J. Papp, Jr.


Top service official, responsible for all world-wide Coast Guard activities, and oversees 42,000 active duty military and 8,000 civilian full-time employees; 8,000 reserve military part-time employees; and 30,000 civilian auxiliary volunteers.

Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard

Vice Admiral John P. Currier

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 Michael P. Leavitt


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 Gary P. Weeden


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


Adm Papp Attends Blessing of the Fleets
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:20:35 EST

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp gave remarks at the annual U.S. Navy Memorial Blessing of the Fleets Ceremony in Washington, D.C., April 12, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Key Documents


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.
2013 Commandant's SITREP
Commandant's SITREP 2013
This document provides a report on the progress in meeting the Priorities and Objectives within the Commandant's Direction 2011 and the critical work that remains ahead.
Publication 3-0
Publication 3-0 - Operations:
This document provides the enduring guidance for Coast Guard operations: how and why we do what we do. This guidance is based on over two centuries of Coast Guard experience in maritime operations and the principles of operations provided in Publication 1.
USCG Budget in Brief
USCG Budget in Brief:
This document provides a look back at operational activities; the overview of Coast Guard programs, missions and strategic priorities; and the budget in brief.
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