Command Master Chief Charles R. “Rob” Bushey assumed the duties of the Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard on May 17th, 2018, where he serves as the principle advisor to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard and the Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) for the Vice Commandant on all matters affecting the morale, work-life, and general wellbeing of Coast Guard personnel and their families. Furthermore, he acts as the program manager for the Coast Guard’s CSEL Program and serves as the Force Master Chief for all Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME) requirements.
His previous CSEL assignments include service as the Command Master Chief of Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area (2014-2018) where he served as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for all U.S. Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states, and as the Command Master Chief for the Eleventh Coast Guard District (2011-2014) in Alameda, California.
Master Chief enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on March 4th, 1991. Upon completion of basic training he was assigned to Coast Guard Station Quillayute River in La Push, Washington. After advancing to Boatswains Mate Third Class, he was assigned to Coast Guard Station Grand Isle, Louisiana, where he served as Boat Coxswain and Law Enforcement (Boarding) Officer. In 1996, he reported to Tactical Law Enforcement Team Gulf – Law Enforcement Detachment Eight Bravo, where he served as Deployable Team Leader and Boarding Officer for Counter Narcotics Deployments in the Eastern Pacific, Caribbean Sea, and North Atlantic Ocean aboard U. S. and Allied Naval Ships. His subsequent tours of duty include: Executive Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) POINT LOBOS (WPB 82366); Executive Petty Officer, USCGC BONITO (WPB 87341); Officer in Charge, CG Station Maui, Hawaii; Officer in Charge of CG Station Venice, Louisiana; and Officer in Charge, USCGC SAWFISH (WPB 87357), Key West, Florida.
Master Chief Bushey's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals (with operational distinguishing (“O”) device), four Coast Guard Commendation Medals (with ‘O’ Device), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (with ‘O’ Device), the Permanent Cutterman's Insignia, Tactical Law Enforcement Insignia, Coxswain Insignia, Boat Force (Advanced) Insignia, and various other awards and decorations.
Master Chief Bushey is a 2008 graduate of St. Leo University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, Chief Petty Officer Academy, Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, and the National Defense University’s Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education and Command Senior Enlisted Leader (Keystone) Course.