WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard announced Thursday the selection for master chief petty officer of the service.
Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Cantrell is the current Atlantic Area Master Chief and will relieve the current master chief, Michael P. Leavitt, during a change of watch ceremony in May in Cape May N.J.
Cantrell hails from Memphis, Tenn., and joined the Coast Guard in 1983. During his career, he has served in various afloat and ashore assignments, including as a Gold Badge Command Master Chief to the Vice Commandant of the 8th District, the 1st District, Officer in Charge of Station Panama City Beach in Florida., Station Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Station Alexandria Bay, New York, and Station Harbor Beach, Michigan. Cantrell's afloat assignments included Officer in Charge of the Coast Guard Cutters Ridley and Point Wells.
Cantrell 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. Cantrell holds a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration.