Master Chief Jason D. Griffin
United States Coast Guard
First Coast Guard District Command Master Chief
Master Chief Griffin assumed the duties as Command Master Chief for the First Coast Guard District in June 2016, where he serves as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, providing advice to the District Commander relating to any issues, policies, and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families throughout the District. The First District encompasses the Northeast United States from the Canadian Border to Northern New Jersey. Most recently Master Chief Griffin served as Command Master Chief for the Seventh Coast Guard District, headquartered in Miami, FL.
Master Chief Griffin’s previous assignments include the Leadership Development Center, New London, CT. serving as Lead Instructor at the Command and Operations School; Officer in Charge, CGC SAWFISH, Key West, FL; Officer in Charge, CGC SHEARWATER, Portsmouth, VA; Officer in Charge, Aids to Navigation Team, Key West, FL; Officer in Charge, CGC PENDANT, Boston, MA; CGC VIGILANT, Port Canaveral, FL; Executive Petty Officer, CGC POINT BONITA, Little Creek, VA; CGC MIDGETT, Seattle, WA; and Coast Guard Station Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Originally from Lindenhurst, New York, Master Chief Griffin enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in October 1992.
Master Chief Griffin is a distinguished graduate of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy where he was awarded the “Spirit of the Chief” award. He is also a graduate of various service schools including the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, the National Defense University Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, and is certified as a Master Training Specialist.
Master Chief Griffin’s personal awards include the Navy League’s Douglas A. Munro Award for Inspirational Leadership for 1997, two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, all with the operational distinguishing device. His other awards include five Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, four Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbons, and various other unit awards. He wears the Officer in Charge Afloat and Ashore device for Multi-Mission and Aids to Navigation specialties, the Permanent Cutterman and Coxswain Insignia, and the Command Master Chief (Gold Badge) insignia.