Master Chief Petty Officer Aaron Zimmer

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Aaron Zimmer assumed the duties as the Command Master Chief of Sector Miami in June 2017. His primary responsibility is to advise the Sector Commander on policies, issues and initiatives impacting the over 700 Active and Reserve Coast Guard members and their families assigned to the Sector and its 11 Cutters, 4 Stations, 3 Aids to Navigation Teams, and 1 Marine Safety Detachment.


Master Chief Zimmer enlisted in the Coast Guard on August 4th, 1990 in Grand Haven, Michigan.  His prior assignments include: Regional Boat Manager and Staff Command Master Chief of District Eleven in Alameda, CA; Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant (WPB-87313) in Fort Pierce, FL; Officer in Charge of Station Toledo, OH;  Instructor and Assistant School Chief of the Chief Petty Officer Academy in Petaluma, CA; Executive Petty Officer of Stations Atlantic City and Great Egg, NJ; Officer in Charge of Stations Jonesport and Eastport, ME; Executive Petty Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Point Hannon (WPB-82355), Jonesport, ME; First Lieutenant of Coast Guard Cutter Matagorda (WPB-1303), Miami Beach, FL; Station Fort Macon, NC; the Base Fort Macon Boathouse, NC; and Coast Guard Cutter Point Highland (WBP-82333), Chincoteague, VA. 

He has attended many specialized training courses during his career including Heavy Weather Coxswain, Command Intelligence Officer, Crime Scene Technician, and New Jersey Level I Counter-terrorism trainer; he is a graduate of the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, and the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course. He has also qualified as a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examiner, and Master Training Specialist.


Master Chief Zimmer’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the DOT 9-11 Medal, and three Coast Guard Achievement Medals.  He also earned the Permanent Cutterman, Permanent Coxswain, and Advanced Boat Forces Insignias, and the Officer in Charge Ashore and Afloat devices. Master Chief Zimmer was named the first Leadership Development Center Instructor of the Year in 2007, was the first recipient of the Ninth District’s McCune Award for Maritime Law Enforcement excellence, and was the among the inaugural group of the American Red Cross of Sandusky County, Ohio Everyday Heroes Award recipients in 2011 for his work developing an ice safety education program which was presented to over 8,000 children.


He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a Terrorism/Counter-Terrorism Concentration, a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security, and a Master’s Degree in Intelligence Operations.


Master Chief Zimmer is married to the former Tracie Watkins of Utica, Ohio.  They have two children: Alexandra and Christoph. They reside in Sebastian, Florida.