Local master chief named Coast Guard’s top enlisted leader

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A Portsmouth-based master chief will assume the position of the top senior enlisted leader in the U. S. Coast Guard in May.

The Coast Guard announced Thursday that Atlantic Area Command Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell will relieve the current master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard, Michael P. Leavitt, during a ceremony in Cape May, N.J. on May 22. In the position, Cantrell will serve as an advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard in matters affecting the enlisted members.

Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Cantrell joined the Coast Guard in 1983. During his career, he has earned a permanent cutterman’s insignia, coxswain insignia, boat forces insignia and command afloat and ashore insignia, as well as the Command Master Chief insignia.

Click here for Cantrell’s biography.

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