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 Charles D. Michel
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
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.