Master Chief Petty Officer Laurie A. Kennedy is pinned by her family members July 21, 2020 during a ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore. Kennedy is the first female to earn the title of master chief in the gunner’s mate rating and is slated to be the rating force master chief. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Cross)
Master Chief Petty Officer Laurie A. Kennedy has her cover placed by Adm. Charles W. Ray, U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant, July 21, 2020 during a ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore. Kennedy is the first female to earn the title of master chief in the gunner’s mate rating and is slated to be the rating force master chief (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Cross)
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy M. Shaw addresses his fellow crewmembers at Coast Guard Station Brunswick following his award of the Meritorious Service Medal on June 29, 2020. Shaw received the award for heroic service on Sept. 8, 2019, when as the coxswain of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, he participated in the rescue of 11 people from the capsized motor vessel Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound and helped coordinate the lifesaving actions of other responders. U. S. Coast Guard Photo by Chief Petty Officer John D. Miller
Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew, a 175-foot Inland Buoy Tender in Portsmouth, Virginia, rests docked at Base Portsmouth July 7, 2020. Buoy tenders are vital in fulfilling one of the Coast Guard’s primary missions of maintaining all U.S. aids to navigation (ATON). (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Katie Lipe)
Aids to Navigation crews from Coast Guard ATON Station Cape May work to repair ATON structures in the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway Jun. 25, 2020. Repairs are expected to be completed by the second week of July, 2020. U.S Coast Guard photo.
Aids to Navigation crews from Coast Guard ATON Station Cape May work to repair ATON structures in the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway Jun. 25, 2020. Repairs to dayboards and other ATON structures are being made to help prevent them from becoming hazards to navigation due to deterioration by weather elements. U.S Coast Guard photo.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Rene Pena, damage controlman aboard Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew in Portsmouth, Virginia, performs maintenance on a Bauer Compressor on the ship, July 7, 2020. Pena is one of the crew members who works to maintain the Frank Drew’s readiness. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Katie Lipe)
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The Fifth Coast Guard District ensures the safety and security of the oceans, coastal areas, and marine transportation system within America’s Mid-Atlantic Region. We focus on risk reduction and prevention, but are prepared to respond with courage and speed to any maritime incident. D5’s 156,000 square miles of ocean, bays, rivers, wetlands and tidal marshes are unique and filled with historical significance, encompassing six states, vital geographic waterways, several major mid-Atlantic ports, the largest naval base in the world, and our Nation’s capital.



Commander Fifth Coast Guard District
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Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
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Command Master Chief Vision Statement
CMC Jeremey DeMello

I am excited to be a part of the Fifth District. The welcome I have received has been second to none and I look forward to working with each and every one of you.

As your Command Master Chief, I want all of you to know I  am  committed to the success of all personnel within the Fifth District.  I will encourage compassion, pride and excellence in all that we do to ensure that we all aspire to provide the very best in service to ourselves, our community and our partners.  Along with the Chiefs Mess, I will continue to maintain the foundation and be the backbone of our service’s core values.