Master Chief Petty Officer Adwoa S. Hendricks assumed her duties as Command Master Chief for the Fifth Coast Guard District in June 2016. Originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, she graduated from Amityville Memorial High School in Amityville, New York, in June 1993 and immediately entered U.S. Coast Guard Basic Training in Cape May, New Jersey, in August 1993
Upon completion of Basic Training, Master Chief Hendricks' first duty assignment was Coast Guard Sector Galveston, Texas and completed Radarman Apprentice School in Yorktown, Virginia, in 1994.
Master Chief Hendricks was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer Operations Specialist in April 2013. As the District Command Master Chief, she works as an advisor to higher authority on workforce policies, and ensures active communication and the highest standards of professionalism are upheld throughout the chain of command. She provides input in the formulation, implementation and execution of policies concerning morale, job satisfaction, discipline, family support and training of enlisted Coast Guardsmen. Master Chief Hendricks travels throughout the 5th District visiting units, meeting with crews, observing operational evolutions and providing mentoring to Coast Guard men and women so that their hard work and dedication results in mission success.
Her previous Coast Guard assignments include Senior Enlisted Advisor to Command Cadre at the Coast Guard Navigation Center in Alexandria, Virginia, and Coast Guard Sector Detroit, Michigan; Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Diversity as an Enlisted Gender Policy Advisor; Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Florida; USCGC Dallas Charleston, South Carolina; Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston; and USCGC Sherman, Alameda, California.
Master Chief Hendricks' academic and professional achievements include a Master's of Business Administration degree from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University; The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute; a U.S. House of Representative Congressional Special Recognition Award; the Coast Guard's Chief Petty Officer Academy; the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, and the Stars and Stripes Award for Leadership in Science Technology Engineering and Math.
Her personal military awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (three awards), a Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Coast Guard Commandant Letter of Commendation with operational O (two awards).