Admiral Stosz Vice Admiral Sandra L. Stosz
Deputy Commandant for Mission Support
U.S. Coast Guard


Vice Admiral Sandra L. Stosz assumed the duties of Deputy Commandant for Mission Support at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on June 3rd, 2015. As Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, Vice Admiral Stosz leads the 17,000-person organization that delivers the systems and people that enable the U.S. Coast Guard to efficiently and effectively perform its operational missions. She is responsible for all facets of support for the Coast Guard’s diverse mission set through oversight of human capital, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology and security.

Previously, Vice Admiral Stosz served as Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where she was responsible for developing the 1,000-person Corps of Cadets into leaders of character strong in their resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the U.S. Coast Guard in service of their country and humanity. She also served as Director of Reserve and Leadership at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for developing policies to recruit, train and support approximately 8,100 Coast Guard Reservists.

Vice Admiral Stosz is a surface operations officer with 12 years at sea, including duty onboard the heavy icebreakers GLACIER and POLAR STAR and command of two cutters – an icebreaking tug on the Great Lakes and a medium endurance cutter that patrolled North Atlantic and Caribbean waters. She and her crews executed many of the Coast Guard’s 11 missions such as drug, migrant and fisheries law enforcement, search and rescue, polar and domestic icebreaking, and ports and waterways security.

Between sea duty tours, Vice Admiral Stosz specialized in personnel and resource management and program review. She served tours of duty as Chief of Officer Assignments and as Program Reviewer and Acquisition Funds Coordinator for Coast Guard major systems acquisitions, including the 225-foot buoy tenders and 87-foot coastal patrol boats. She broadened her experience as the Secretary of Transportation’s military assistant and years later as the Commandant’s executive assistant. She held major command ashore as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s recruit training center in Cape May, New Jersey.

Vice Admiral Stosz graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. She was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1994. In 2000, she completed an executive fellowship in national security through the MIT Seminar XXI program, and she earned a Master of National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2004. In 2009, she attended the Navy’s Executive Business Course at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler business school.

Vice Admiral Stosz’s personal awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, three Legion of Merit Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.
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Admiral Joseph M. Vojvodich Rear Admiral Joseph M. Vojvodich
Deputy for Mission Support
U.S. Coast Guard


Rear Admiral Joseph M. Vojvodich (VAH-vah-ditch) currently serves as the Deputy for Mission Support at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. The Mission Support enterprise is responsible for staffing, training, and equipping the Coast Guard to meet all mission requirements.

Prior to reporting as Deputy for Mission Support, Rear Admiral Vojvodich served as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO). As CAO, he directed efforts across all Coast Guard acquisition programs, acquisition support, personnel, finance, and research and development activities to execute the service’s acquisition portfolio.

His other Flag Officer assignment was Program Executive Officer (PEO) and Director of Acquisition Programs, where he oversaw all Coast Guard acquisition programs and projects for the modernization and recapitalization of Coast Guard assets in support of the multiple maritime missions. Before that, he was Commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, where he was responsible for search and rescue, environmental response, port safety and security, inspections of domestic and foreign vessels, ice breaking missions, and fisheries enforcement operations for coastal Connecticut, Long Island Sound and waters extending 200 nautical miles offshore. He also previously served as the Acquisition Program Manager for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) domain and the Technical Manager for the Rescue 21 Program.

His afloat assignments include a tour as Commanding Officer of the multi-national crewed Caribbean Support Tender, USCGC GENTIAN; Executive Officer on USCGC STORIS; Commanding Officer of USCGC SAPELO; and Navigator on the USCGC MIDGETT. He supervised the Coast Guard’s research and development portfolio at the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate. His other shore assignments include technical and management positions at the Telecommunications Branch of the Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic and at the Network Engineering Branch at Telecommunications and Information Systems Command.

Born in South Korea, he was raised in Richmond, Ohio and graduated from Jefferson Union High School. Rear Admiral Vojvodich is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with honors. He earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and has completed the Naval War College nonresidential curriculum. In 2001, he obtained his Project Manager Professional certification. He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. He is also a certified Level III Acquisition Professional and holds the Chief Information Officer certificate from the National Defense University.
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CMC Vanderhaden Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden
Command Master Chief
Deputy Commandant for Missions Support (DCMS)
U.S. Coast Guard


Master Chief Vanderhaden assumed the duties of Command Master Chief, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS) June 14, 2016. CMC Vanderhaden serves as the senior enlisted advisor for the over 14,000- person organization that delivers the systems and people that enable the Coast Guard to perform its operational missions. He advises DCMS on strategic vision, goals, and objectives in all facets of mission support including human resources, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology and security. CMC Vanderhaden is also responsible for mentoring Senior Enlisted Leaders throughout the DCMS enterprise while providing guidance pertaining to the command’s mission, vision, core values, commander’s intent and enlisted utilization.

Command Master Chief Vanderhaden is a native of Tallahassee, FL. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in May of 1988. Master Chief Vanderhaden’s previous assignments include Command Master Chief Pacific Area, Command Master Chief 13th Coast Guard District, Command Master Chief Base Honolulu, Chief Petty Officer Academy, USCGC Reliance, Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, USCGC Active, Air Station Humboldt Bay, USCGC Cheyenne, Air Station Clearwater, LORAN Station Iwo Jima, FS “A” School, Station Jones Beach, and Station Short Beach.

Master Chief Vanderhaden’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and other personal and service awards. He has earned a permanent Cutterman insignia, Boat Forces Operations insignia, and a Command Master Chief (Gold Badge) insignia.

Master Chief Vanderhaden is a graduate of Class 114 of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, the National Defense University’s Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Course, and other service-related schools. Master Chief Vanderhaden holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College.
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