Senior Coast Guard Leadership

Leaders are individuals who guide or direct in a course by showing the way. The Coast Guard senior leadership possess the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity. This is exemplified in their adherence to the Coast Guard's core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. They strive to ensure that the Coast Guard can complete its missions and remain Semper Paratus, Always Ready.

Commandant of the Coast Guard

Admiral Karl L. Schultz

Top service official, responsible for all world-wide Coast Guard activities, and oversees 41,700 active-duty military; 7,800 reserve military part-time employees; 8,300 civilian full-time employees; and 31,000 civilian auxiliary volunteers.

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Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard

Admiral Charles W. Ray

Second in command, directly oversees Coast Guard's senior operational and mission support commanders, as well as Headquarters staff, and serves as service chief in absence of the Commandant.

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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden

MCPOCG Vanderhaden assumed the duties as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard on May 17, 2018. Master Chief Vanderhaden is the senior enlisted member of the Coast Guard and the principal advisor to the Commandant on all enlisted personnel matters.

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