Command Master Chief Charlie F. Salls assumed the duties as Command Master Chief for the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center on May 11th, 2018. In this capacity, Master Chief Salls provides counsel to the Commander on the execution of human resource policies covering the entire life cycle of active duty and reserve personnel encompassing recruiting, accessing, assigning, developing, careers, maintaining well-being, separating, compensating, and retiring the nearly 45,000 members of the active duty and reserve workforces. Prior to his assignment to the Personnel Service Center, CMC Salls served as the Command Master Chief for Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Born and raised in Venezuela, CMC Salls travelled to the U.S. at the age of seventeen and enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1996. His previous assignments include: Officer in Charge of USCGC CHINOOK and USCGC TARPON homeported in Tybee Island, GA and USCGC HAWKSBILL homeported in Monterey, CA. Additionally, he served as Officer in Charge of CG Station Yankeetown, FL. His other assignments include Assistant School Chief for Boatswain’s Mate “A” School, TRACEN Yorktown, VA; Executive Petty Officer, CG Station Cape May, NJ; Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC MELLON, Seattle, WA; CG Station Charleston, SC; and USCGC DURABLE, St. Petersburg, FL.
CMC Salls is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s Academy Class 132 and the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course Class 46. He is actively pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ.
CMC Salls’ personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation and various other service, unit, and team awards. He wears the Officer in Charge Afloat and Ashore devices and has earned the Permanent Cutterman, Coxswain, and Boat Force Operations (advanced) qualification insignias.
CMC Salls is married to the former Heather Foster of Oneanta, NY, also a Coast Guard Reservist. Their blended family includes daughters Alana (13) and Sienna (11); and sons Dylan (25) and Christopher (23).