Master Chief Petty Officer Leonard J. Barbazon assumed the duties as the Command Master Chief for the Fifth Coast Guard District on June 5, 2018.
Master Chief Barbazon is a life-long resident of Louisiana, 1988 graduate of Coast Guard Recruit Training Center Cape May, and an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) by trade. He advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in May 2001 and advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer in August 2010.
Prior to his assignment as the Fifth District Command Master Chief, he served as the Command Master Chief for Base New Orleans. His additional assignments include Coast Guard Headquarters as Program Manager in the Office of Budget and Programs (CG-821) and Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711). Master Chief Barbazon also served as the Leading Chief Petty Officer at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL, with the H-60 and H-65 Product Lines at Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, NC, and as an instructor at Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, NC. He has served as a maintenance technician and aircrew at multiple Coast Guard Air Stations, including New Orleans, LA, Mobile, AL, Elizabeth City, NC and Barbers Point, HI.
Master Chief Barbazon is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy and an honor graduate of the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course. He holds a Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Power Plant License, Contracting Officer Representative Level II Certification. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Masters of Business Administration Graduate Degree with a Finance Specialization.
Master Chief Barbazon’s personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation with Operational Distinguishing Device, six Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, Enlisted Aircrew Member insignia, and numerous other unit and team awards.
Master Chief Barbazon is married to the former Terri A. Buras for almost 30 years. They are blessed with their son, Trey, who proudly serves in the United States Marine Corps and a daughter, Taylor, who attends Louisiana State University and is studying to be a teacher.