Steven W. Cantrell

Steven W. Cantrell previously served as the 12th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. He was relieved, and retired from active duty on May 17, 2018 after nearly 35 years of service. Prior to being named the 12th MCPOCG, he was Command Master Chief of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, based in Portsmouth, Virginia. Cantrell was also the Coast Guard’s 12th Silver Ancient Mariner, an honor bestowed upon the enlisted member holding the enlisted cutterman qualification the earliest. Cantrell was succeeded by MCPOCG Jason M. Vanderhaden.

12th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
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Steven W. Cantrell
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1983–2018
Rank Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
Awards Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (2)

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After enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1983, Cantrell served in a number of positions, including:[1]

  • Command Master Chief of Atlantic Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard
  • Command Master Chief of the Eighth Coast Guard District, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Officer in Charge, Station Panama City Beach, Florida
  • Command Master Chief of the First Coast Guard District, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Officer in Charge, Station Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
  • Officer in Charge, Station Alexandria Bay, New York
  • Officer in Charge, Station Harbor Beach, Michigan
  • Operations Petty Officer, Station Barnegat Light, New Jersey
  • Officer in Charge, Coast Guard Cutters Ridley and Point Wells, Montauk, New York
  • Executive Petty Officer, Coast Guard Cutter Point Camden, Santa Barbara, California
  • Coast Guard Cutter Confidence, Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Coast Guard Cutter Patoka, Greenville, Mississippi
  • Coast Guard Cutter Rambler, Charleston, South Carolina

MCPOCG Cantrell holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Business Administration. Among numerous service schools, he attend and was a graduate of Class 45 at the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy and National Defense University’s Keystone Joint Senior Enlisted Leader Course.

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit

Meritorious Service Medal with one gold award star

Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” device
Coast Guard Achievement Medal with one silver and two gold award stars and “O” device
Commandant’s Letter of Commendation with one gold award star and “O” device
Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation with “hurricane” device
Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award with one gold award star and “O” device

Coast Guard Unit Commendation with “O” device
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with two gold award stars and “O” device
Meritorious Team Commendation with one gold award star and “O” device
Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation
Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal with one silver and three bronze service stars

National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Transportation 9-11 Ribbon

Special Operations Service Ribbon with 1 bronze service star
Sea Service Ribbon with 3 bronze service stars
Expert Rifle Marksmanship Medal
Expert Pistol Marksmanship Medal

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