Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Justin Knudsen assumed the duties of Reserve Command Master Chief for the First Coast Guard District in October of 2020. As the senior enlisted reservist in D1, Master Chief Knudsen is the direct representative of the District Commander on all matters pertaining to efficient and effective management of the reserve component and over 800 reservists within D1’s area of responsibility.
Master Chief Knudsen is a native of Staten Island, NY where he currently resides with this wife Elisabeth, and two children, Grace and JJ. His previous assignments include; Reserve Command Master Chief at Sector New York, Reserve Training Petty Officer at Station New York, Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisor at Station Sandy Hook, Sector New York Enforcement Division, USCGC Hawser, and USCGC Adak.
He is a 2010 graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s Academy and a 2012 graduate of the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wagner College and a USCG 100 Ton Masters License. In Master Chief Knudsen’s civilian career, he is a Captain with the New York City Police Department currently assigned to the 88th Precinct in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Master Chief Knudsen’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, DOT 911 Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two Commandant’s Letters of Commendation ribbons, and various other service and unit awards. He has earned the permanent Coxswain and Advanced Boat Forces Insignia.