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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

Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger

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


Adm. Zukunft Delivers 2015 State of the Coast Guard Address
2/24/2015 4:06:43 PM

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2015 State of the Coast Guard Address at the Ray Evans Conference Center at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, Feb. 24, 2015. Zukunft laid out a framework to build a 21st Century Coast Guard capable of meeting the demands of today while preparing for increasingly complex threats in the future. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Key Documents


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.
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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