Master Chief Petty Officer Henry J. Audette, Jr.
Sector Key West Command Master Chief
Master Chief Petty Officer Mate Henry J. Audette Jr., of Augusta, Georgia, enlisted in August 1996 and attended basic training at Cape May, New Jersey. Upon graduation, orders were issued to Coast Guard Cutter Manitou (WPB 1302) home ported in Miami Beach, Florida. From that time, he served onboard the following units: First Lieutenant/Operations Petty Officer; Coast Guard Station Georgetown, South Carolina, Buoy Deck Supervisor/Deck Watch Officer; Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay (WTGB 102) w/ Coast Guard Barge (CG 1002) home ported in Detroit, Executive Petty Officer; Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant (WPB 87313) home ported in Ft. Pierce, Florida, where he received his Officer in Charge certifications for Multi-Mission afloat and ashore, and aids to navigation afloat and ashore. In 2008, he received orders to become the Officer in Charge Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Ft. Pierce, Florida and in 2011 he received orders for his second command, Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Ft. Macon, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. His third command was onboard Cost Guard Cutter Anvil (WLIC 75301), home ported in Charleston, South Carolina. He is currently serving as the Command Master Chief at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida.
During his distinguished career he has received the following awards: The Meritorious Service Medal with “O” device, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” device (4 awards), Coast Guard Achievement Medal with “O” device (2 awards), Letter of Commendation with “O” device, Presidential Unit Citation, CG Meritorious unit Commendation with “O” device, CG Meritorious Team Commendation (6 awards), Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), National Defense Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, 9-11 Transportation Ribbon, Special Operations (5 awards), Sea Service Ribbon (4 awards), Coast Guard Rifle Ribbon, Coast Guard Pistol Ribbon. BMCM Audette also earned the permanent Cutterman Insignia, Coxswain Insignia, and Advanced Boat Forces Insignia.
Master Chief Audette is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy class CLXI, and of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course in New London, Connecticut. In addition, he holds a Masters 100 Tons license.
Master Chief Audette is married to the former Erin A. Reynolds from Augusta, Georgia. They have two crazy children: Henry Joseph Audette III (Trey), 13, born in Detroit; and Lucas Timothy Audette, 9, born in Vero Beach, Florida.