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Command Master Chief Kristen Santini

Command Master Chief Ninth Coast Guard District

U.S. Coast Guard

Master Chief Kristen Santini assumed the duties as Reserve Command Master Chief at District 9, Cleveland, Ohio on June 16, 2023. Her primary responsibility is to advise the District Commander on issues and initiatives pertaining to all reserve Coast Guard members and their families. Master Chief Santini also served as an Environmental Protection Specialist assigned to the Office of Environmental Management within the Engineering and Logistics Directorate at Coast Guard Headquarters as a civilian.  

Master Chief Santini’s previous assignments include CGC Farallon, Miami, FL; Waterways Management, Sector San Diego, San Diego, CA; Prevention Department, MSU Chicago, Willowbrook, IL; Incident Management Division, Sector Maryland-NCR, Baltimore, MD; and Silver Badge, Sector Maryland-NCR, Baltimore, MD.  She also deployed to support operations such as Deepwater Horizon, Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment (RAID) Team, Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Idalia, Hurricane Lee, CG-092 Historian’s Office, and CG-092 National Coast Guard Museum. 

Master Chief Santini holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Eastern Illinois University, a graduate degree in Forensic Science from National University, and Master of Arts in Transportation and Logistics Management from American Military University.  She is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy Reserve Class XL, the Midgrade Officer, and Civilian Transition Course 2 (MOCTC-2), and Senior Enlisted Leaders Course (SELC). Her current qualifications include Federal-On Scene Coordinator Representative (FOSCR), Pollution Investigator (PI), Waterways Management Representative (WWM), Facility Inspector (FI), Explosive Handling Supervisor (EHS), Incident Command System (ICS) Situation Unit Leader (SITL3), ICS Resource Unit Leader (RESL3), ICS Demobilization Unit Leader (DMOB3), ICS Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS), and CG Agency Representative. 

Originally from Frankfort, IL, Master Chief Santini enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in January 2006. Her awards include Army and Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, Armed Forces Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Overseas Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon, and other personal, unit and team awards.  In addition to various other awards, she was recognized with the Marine Science insignia, the Command Master Chief (Silver Badge) insignia, and the Command Master Chief (Gold Badge) insignia.