Command Master Chief 

Guardians of the Southwest

BMCM Greg Via

Master Chief Greg Via enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard in1994 where he served as a forward observer for the Field Artillery. Still seeking adventure, he enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard in June, 1996. After completing recruit training in Cape May, NJ, he was assigned to CGC POINT BATAN (WPB 82340) in Cape May, NJ. He completed his on-the-job qualifications as Boatswain’s Mate (BM) and was advanced to BM3. He was subsequently assigned to CG Group Atlantic City, NJ, and then on to the CGC MUNRO (WHEC 724), homeported in Alameda, CA where he was advanced to BM2. Upon his completion on board the MUNRO he was assigned to the Pacific Strike Team in Novato, CA where he advanced to BM1. He was then assigned to Coast Guard Station Cape May, NJ as a HWX Coxswain. He then stepped into the position of Executive Petty Officer as a BMC at Station Cape May. After a successful XPO tour BMC took a 13 month operational break as he was assigned to the CG TRATEAM West in Alameda, CA where he advanced to Senior Chief Boatswain Mate. There he received orders for his first Command aboard the CGC AMBERJACK (WPB 87315). He then was assigned to the Maritime Infrastructure Protection Force Training Advisory Group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Then, BMCS Via was assigned to his second Command as the Officer in Charge of Station San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. Being advanced to Master Chief he is now the Command Master Chief for Sector San Diego.    

Master Chief Via’s awards include 5 Coast Guard Commendation medals, 3 Coast Guard Achievement medals, 1 Commandant’s Letter of Commendation and several unit commendations and service medals.

He has earned the permanent Cutterman insignia, Advanced Boat Forces, Coxswain and Officer-in-Charge Afloat and Ashore insignias. Master Chief Via is a graduate of the CPO Academy and Senior Enlisted Leadership Course. 

A native of Illinois, Master Chief Via has been married to his wife Susana of Guadalajara, MX for 15 years. They have a son, Joshua (6).