Master Chief Petty Officer Henry Audette assumed the duties of Command Master Chief for Joint Interagency Task Force South on June 4, 2020. He most recently served as Command Master Chief at Sector Key West, Fla.
MCPO Audette enlisted in August 1996 and attended basic training at Cape May, N.J. Upon graduation, orders were issued to USCGC MANITOU (WPB 1302), home ported in Miami Beach, Fla. He then served onboard the following: First Lieutenant/Operations Petty Officer, USCG Station Georgetown, S.C.; Buoy Deck Supervisor/Deck Watch Officer, USCGC BRISTOL BAY (WTGB 102) with USCG Barge (CG 1002), home ported in Detroit, Mich.; Executive Petty Officer; USCGC CORMORANT (WPB 87313), home ported in Ft. Pierce, Fla., where he earned his Officer in Charge certifications for Multi-Mission afloat and ashore, and Aton afloat and ashore. In 2008, he received orders to become the Officer in Charge USCG Aids to Navigation Team Ft. Pierce, Fla., and in 2011 he received orders for his second command, Officer in Charge of USCG Aids to Navigation Team Ft. Macon, Atlantic Beach, N.C. In 2014 he received orders for his third command onboard USCGC ANVIL (WLIC 75301), home ported in Charleston, S.C.
During his distinguished career, MCPO Audette received the following awards: Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal with “O” device, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” device (five awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal with “O” device (two awards), Letter of Commendation with “O” device, Presidential Unit Citation, CG Meritorious unit Commendation with “O” device, CG Meritorious Team Commendation (six awards), Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), National Defense Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Medal, 9-11 Transportation Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Special Operations (five awards), Sea Service Ribbon (four awards), Coast Guard Rifle Ribbon, and Coast Guard Pistol Ribbon. MCPO Audette also earned the permanent Cutterman Insignia, Coxswain Insignia, and Advanced Boat Forces Insignia.
MCPO Audette is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy class CLXI, and of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course in New London, Conn. In addition, he holds a Masters 100 TONS license, is a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer, a Command Financial Specialist, and the Head Basketball Coach at Sigsbee Middle School.
MCPO Audette is married to the former Erin A. Reynolds from Augusta, Ga. They have two crazy children: Henry Joseph Audette, III (Trey), age 16, born in Detroit, Mich.; and Lucas Timothy Audette, age 12, born in Vero Beach, Fla.