Master Chief Thomas D. Daniels assumed the duties as the Command Master Chief for the 1st Coast Guard District in June of 2020. His primary responsibility is to advise the Commander of the 1st Coast Guard District on the issues, policies, and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families throughout the District. The 1st District encompasses the Northeast United States from the Canadian Border to Northern New Jersey. Most recently Master Chief Daniels served as the Command Master Chief for Training Center Petaluma.
Master Chief enlisted in the Navy in 1988 where he served as a Radioman for 4 years. In 1997 he enlisted in the Coast Guard where he attended basic training at Cape May NJ. His previous assignments include: Command Master Chief, SECTOR Jacksonville, FL; Assistant Engineering Officer, SECTOR Mobile, AL; Chief of Auxiliary Division, USCGC CYPRESS, Pensacola, FL; Chief of Auxiliary Division, USCGC HARRIET LANE, Portsmouth VA; “A” and “C” school instructor, Training Center Yorktown, VA; Leading Petty Officer for Port State Control, MSO Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA; USCGC ACUSHNET, Ketchikan, AK; Station St. Clair Shores, MI.
Master Chief Daniels personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one with “O” device, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two with “O” devices, Combat Action Ribbon, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation with “O” device, the 9/11 Medal, and he has earned the Permanent Cutterman Insignia.
Master Chief Daniels is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy Class CLVII. He is a native of Kettering Ohio and married to the former Donna Gail Peters of Kettering Ohio. Together they have two sons; Tanner Thomas Ray and Riley Douglas Ray.