Coast Guard Holds Change of Watch for Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force

On Saturday, Admiral Thad Allen presided over the Change of Watch ceremony in which Master Chief Mark Allen relieved Master Chief Jeffrey Smith as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force (MCPO-CGRF). The MCPO-CGRF reports directly to the Commandant of the Coast Guard as an advisor and advocate for the men and woman of the Coast Guard Reserve. The MCPO-CGRF serves as a vital...

Incoming MCPO-CG Reserve Forces – Master Chief Mark Allen has high hopes and a big heart

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – His face was as expression-filled as if he was waiting to explain what it felt like to win the lottery. Master Chief Petty Officer Mark Allen, reserve command master chief, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, had a cheeky, almost-sneaky grin stretched across his face. He stood patiently while I quickly shuffled through my notes and positioned the chairs we were about to sit...