Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden
13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Master Chief Vanderhaden assumed the duties of Command Master Chief, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS) June 14, 2016. CMC Vanderhaden serves as the senior enlisted advisor for the over 14,000- person organization that delivers the systems and people that enable the Coast Guard to perform its operational missions. He advises DCMS on strategic vision, goals, and objectives in all facets of mission support including human resources, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology and security. CMC Vanderhaden is also responsible for mentoring Senior Enlisted Leaders throughout the DCMS enterprise while providing guidance pertaining to the command’s mission, vision, core values, commander’s intent and enlisted utilization.

Command Master Chief Vanderhaden is a native of Tallahassee, FL. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in May of 1988. Master Chief Vanderhaden’s previous assignments include Command Master Chief Pacific Area, Command Master Chief 13th Coast Guard District, Command Master Chief Base Honolulu, Chief Petty Officer Academy, USCGC Reliance, Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, USCGC Active, Air Station Humboldt Bay, USCGC Cheyenne, Air Station Clearwater, LORAN Station Iwo Jima, FS “A” School, Station Jones Beach, and Station Short Beach.

Master Chief Vanderhaden’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and other personal and service awards. He has earned a permanent Cutterman insignia, Boat Forces Operations insignia, and a Command Master Chief (Gold Badge) insignia.  

Master Chief Vanderhaden is a graduate of Class 114 of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, the National Defense University’s Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Course, and other service-related schools.  Master Chief Vanderhaden holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College.

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