CMDCM (AW/NAC/IDW/EXW/SW) Franklin "Spike" Call
Master Chief Call started his naval career in 1988 at Recruit Training Center, Orlando, Fla. He followed on to Photographer’s Mate ‘A’ School at NAS Pensacola, Fla., and after graduation, was assigned to USS Constellation (CV 64) in San Diego, Calif. While on board he was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class, completed WESTPAC and NORPAC deployments, and sailed “around the horn” to the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard.
In September 1990, Master Chief transferred to Naval Aircrew Candidate School with follow-on orders to Fleet Imaging Center Rota, Spain, as an aerial photographer. Following graduation he was designated a Naval Air Crewman, earning the Aerial Photographer NEC 8288. Additionally he was promoted to Photographer’s Mate Second Class and returned to the Naval Schools of Photography to earn the Motion Picture Cameraman NEC 8133.
In November 1993, Master Chief reported to Combat Camera Group Atlantic, Norfolk, Va. There he completed two six-month deployments, traveled extensively supporting operations and exercises throughout Europe and the Caribbean Basin and was meritoriously advanced to Photographer’s Mate First Class.
In July 1997 Master Chief was accepted to the coveted military advanced photojournalism program at The Newhouse School, Syracuse University, earning the Photojournalist NEC 8148. Upon graduation, follow-on orders were issued to Combat Camera Group Pacific, San Diego, Calif. In 2001 he was tested, selected, and initiated as a Chief Petty Officer and later deployed in support of post 9/11 operations.
Master Chief Call transferred to Fleet Imaging Center Pacific, Atsugi, Japan, in November 2002 and served as the Chief Petty Officer in Charge, managing five facilities spread throughout the Commander, Naval Forces Japan area of responsibility.
In November 2005, Master Chief Call went back to sea aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). There he served as the DLCPO for the Graphics Media Department, completed two WESTPAC deployments, was awarded the 2007 Commander U.S. Naval Air Forces Leadership Award, and was promoted to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.
In December 2008 Master Chief detached from Ronald Reagan and reported to the Senior Enlisted Academy with follow-on orders to Expeditionary Combat Camera, Norfolk, Va., as the Senior Enlisted Leader. After being selected for Master Chief and Command Master Chief, he returned to Newport, R.I. for the CMC/COB course. His first CMC position began in 2011 with the “Wallbangers” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, in Ventura, California. He completed an eight-month deployment aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with the Wallbangers earning CVW-11’s Top Hook and Golden Wrench Awards as well as the Battle “E” and Admiral Frank Akers Award as the best VAW squadron in the fleet.
Master Chief Call returned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as their CMC in the spring of 2014. Since then he has hull-swapped with approximately 1,400 crewmembers from Ronald Regan to USS George Washington (CVN 73), and sailed her “around the horn” to Norfolk, Va. Master Chief hull-swapped a second time with the crew to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and currently serves as the “Big Stick” CMC in San Diego, Calif. Master Chief Call is the only CMC to ever execute a three-carrier hull swap.
Command Master Chief Call has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (five awards) and various campaign and service medals. His warfare insignia include Aviation Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrew Warfare Specialist, Information Dominance Warfare Specialist, Surface Warfare Specialist and Expeditionary Warfare Specialist.