Master Chief Pasqua assumed the duties of Atlantic Area Reserve Command Master Chief on May 8th, 2018, where he serves as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for all U.S. Coast Guard missions supported by the Reserve Component from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast, spanning five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. Prior to his current assignment, Master Chief Pasqua served as the Command Master Chief for the Eighth Coast Guard District.
Master Chief Pasqua enlisted on Active Duty in 1988, attended MST A School in 1990, and transferred to Marine Safety Office (MSO) Morgan City, Louisiana. He transferred to MSO Puget Sound in 1993, and returned to MSO Morgan City in 1995 for another tour. Master Chief Pasqua released from Active Duty in 1998, joined the Reserves and remained at MSO Morgan City. He was mobilized for 9-11, Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and 2005 for Hurricane Katrina. He was selected as the first Sector New Orleans Reserve Command Master Chief in 2009, and mobilized in 2010 for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. His next assignment was District Eight in 2013, during which time he was mobilized in support of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Since stationed at Atlantic Area he was mobilized in response to Hurricane Maria.
In his civilian job Joe Pasqua is a Port Security Specialist at Marine Safety Unit Morgan City. He maintains the Area Maritime Security Plan and serves as a Command liaison to many partner agencies.
Master Chief Pasqua earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College in 2011. He is a graduate of Chief Petty Officer Academy Reserve Class IX in 2000, Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, and Reserve Component National Security Course. His awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Letter of Commendation, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Master Chief Pasqua has published a book on leadership, along with several personal growth study guides. He understands that leadership is service, and he does his best to serve all members of Atlantic Area; Active Duty, Reserves, Civilian, and Auxiliary.