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
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.
Representing the Service
Adm. Zukunft and Senator Nelson Visit Key West, Fla. Coast Guard Units
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KEY WEST, Fla. - Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, center, discusses the plan of the day with Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Crane, executive officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, left, during the crew’s all-hands meeting while underway in the Florida Keys, March 31, 2015. While in Key West, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, joined Zukunft in meeting with the crews aboard the Cutter Vigorous and one of the Coast Guard’s newest Fast Response Cutters Raymond Evans. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.
A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Centurty 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.
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.
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.
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
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.