“A number of outstanding Master Chiefs with diverse backgrounds applied for this important and prestigious position,” said Papp in the ALCOAST message. “I would like to commend them for their past service, dedication to the Coast Guard and thank them for their willingness to serve in this position.”
Cantrell will relieve Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt during a change of watch ceremony May 22, 2014 at Training Center Cape May, N.J.
Cantrell, the current Coast Guard Atlantic Area command master chief, hails from Memphis, Tenn., and enlisted in September 1983. He has served in various afloat and ashore assignments, including as a command master chief to the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, 8th Coast Guard District and 1st Coast Guard District. Cantrell has also served as officer-in-charge of stations Panama City Beach, Fla., Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Alexandria Bay, N.Y., and Harbor Beach, Mich.
His afloat assignments include officer-in-charge of 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 – also known as a “gold badge.”
“CMC Cantrell has demonstrated proficiency in leadership, proficiency in craft and a commitment to our core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty by his outstanding performance during his 30-year career,” said Papp in the ALCOAST message.