Command Master Chief James H. Bach

Command Master Chief Atlantic Area

U.S. Coast Guard


Command Master Chief James Bach assumed the duties of Command Master Chief of the Atlantic Area on May 8th, 2018 where he serves 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. Most recently, CMC Bach served as the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland, Ohio.


After completing basic training in Cape May, New Jersey, in March 1989, CMC Bach served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter THETIS (Key West, Florida) for a year before attending Radarman “A” school in Yorktown, Virginia. Other assignments include Coast Guard Cutter SHERMAN (Alameda, California), Joint Inter-Agency Task Force East (Key West, Florida), Coast Guard Cutter RUSH (Honolulu, Hawaii), Radarman “A” school instructor (Yorktown, Virginia), Coast Guard Cutter JARVIS (Honolulu, Hawaii), Command Center Supervisor Sector St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg, Florida), Communications Area Master Station Pacific (Pt. Reyes, California), and Command Center Watchstander Course Instructor (Yorktown, Virginia), and the Command Master Chief for Coast Guard Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology Service Center (C4IT SC) headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.


CMC Bach is a 2000 graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Academy Class LXXV, Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, Keystone Course, Senior Joint Professional Military Education Courses, and is currently enrolled in Excelsior University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Art in Business Administration and Management.


CMC Bach’s awards include: Two Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals with “O” device, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals with “O” device, Commandants Letter of Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation and numerous other personal and service awards.


CMC Bach hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is married to Melissa Bach, U.S. Navy retired.