Master Chief Petty Officer Henry J. Audette, Jr.
Sector Key West Command Master Chief
Master Chief Boatswain Mate Henry J. Audette Jr. (Augusta, GA) enlisted in August 1996 and attended basic training at Cape May, N.J. Upon graduation, orders were issued to USCGC MANITOU (WPB 1302) home ported in Miami Beach, Fl. From that time, he served onboard the following units: First Lieutenant/Operations Petty Officer; USCG Station Georgetown, SC, Buoy Deck Supervisor/Deck Watch Officer; USCGC BRISTOL BAY (WTGB 102) w/ USCG Barge (CG 1002) home ported in Detroit, Mi.; Executive Petty Officer; USCGC CORMORANT (WPB 87313) home ported in Ft. Pierce, Fl., where he earned his Officer in Charge certifications for Multi-Mission afloat and ashore, and Aton afloat and ashore. In 2008, he received orders to become the Officer in Charge USCG Aids to Navigation Team Ft. Pierce, Fl. and in 2011 he received orders for his second command, Officer in Charge of USCG Aids to Navigation Team Ft. Macon, Atlantic Beach, NC. In 2014 he received orders for his third command onboard USCGC ANVIL (WLIC 75301), home ported in Charleston, SC. He is currently serving as the Command Master Chief at Sector Key West, Florida.
During his distinguished career he has received the following awards: Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal with “O” device, Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” device (5 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 (7 awards), National Defense Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian 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.
BMCM Audette is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy class CLXI, and of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course in New London, CT. In addition, he holds a Masters 100 TONS license, is a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer, a Command Financial Specialist, and the Head Basketball Coach at Sigsbee Middle School.
BMCM Audette is married to the former Erin A. Reynolds from Augusta, Georgia. They have two crazy children: Henry Joseph Audette III (Trey) age 16, born in Detroit, Mi; and Lucas Timothy Audette age 11, born in Vero Beach, Fl.