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My Coast Guard
Commentary | April 8, 2022

Next Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard selected

By MyCG Staff

Master Chief Petty Officer Heath Jones will serve as the next Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast and Master Chief Petty Officer Timothy A. Beard as the next Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve (MCPO-CGR). Commandant Karl Schultz and current Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Jason M. Vanderhaden made the announcement

Jones will relieve MCPOCG Vanderhaden and Beard will relieve MCPO-CGR George M. Williamson at a change of watch ceremony scheduled for May 19, 2022, at Training Center Cape May, N.J. 

Jones enlisted in the Coast Guard in May 1995. He has served as Command Master Chief of Coast Guard Pacific Area, of the Eighth Coast Guard District, and Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. He served as officer in charge of Coast Guard Cutter Sea Horse, Station Pensacola, Coast Guard Cutter Bollard, and Station Cape Charles. He assumed the duties as the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support Command Master Chief in June 2021.  

Jones is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy Class 124, the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course Class 48, and is a Keystone 18-1 Fellow. Jones holds Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Organizational Management with a specialty in Human Resource Management. 

Master Chief Petty Officer Timothy Beard, off-going reserve command master chief, Coast Guard 13th District, displays the notes for the speech to the crowd during a change-of-watch ceremony held in Seattle, July 9, 2018., U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.


Beard enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984. In December 1998, he enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve and was assigned to Port Security Team 313. He has served as the Command Master Chief of the Thirteenth and Eleventh Coast Guard Districts, Port Security Unit 312, and Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. Beard assumed the duties as Coast Guard Pacific Area Reserve Command Master Chief in August 2018. Beard holds Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice. He recently retired from his civilian occupation as a patrol sergeant with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in Oregon.  

A number of outstanding master chiefs with diverse backgrounds applied for these important and prestigious positions. We commend all of the applicants for their service and leadership, and thank them for their exemplary performance and dedication to our Coast Guard.