Eric M. Schmidt
CMDCM, Unites States Navy
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Schmidt was born in Appleton, Wisconsin. He enlisted in September of 1985 and attended recruit training at RTC Great Lakes, Illinois. Following recruit training he attended Electronics Technician "A" School at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois.
After completion of ET "A" School in 1986, Master Chief Schmidt was assigned to Navy Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) Groton, Connecticut. After completion of this tour of duty he was honorable discharged from active naval service in September of 1988.
In February of 1990, Master Chief Schmidt returned to active duty and was assigned to the Navy Computer and Telecommunications Station, High Frequency (HF) Site in Cutler, Maine. During this tour he was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer.
In December of 1992, he reported to USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS (CG-27) where he served in the Combat Systems Department, as the Communication Electronics (CE01) division Work Center Supervisor. During this tour he completed a Mediterranean deployment in support of operations SHARP GUARD, PROVIDE PROMISE, and DENY FLIGHT.
After this tour Master Chief Schmidt reported in July of 1994 to the pre-commissioning detachment for USS CHIEF (MCM-14). During this tour he qualified as Combat Information Center Watch Officer and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare designation and was command advance to First Class Petty Officer.
In September of 1996, he reported to Mine Warfare Training Center in Ingleside, Texas. He served as an Instructor and Course Curriculum Model Manager for the AN/SSN-2 (V) 4 Precise Integrated Navigation System and the AN/SSQ-94 Combat Systems Integrated Training System. During this tour, Master Chief Schmidt earned his Master Training Specialist qualification and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
In November of 1999, Master Chief Schmidt reported to the USS FORD (FFG-54) where he served as Combat Systems and Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. He completed two WESTPAC deployments in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf, Straits of Malacca Escort, and Sea and Air Defense of Diego Garcia. During this tour, he qualified as a Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck Underway, and Tactical Action Officer and was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
He then reported to Patrol and Reconnasissance Wing Ten Tactical Support Center to serve as the Tactical Support Center Senior Enlisted Advisor and COMPATRECONWING TEN Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and as acting Command Master Chief. During this tour, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer and was selected for the Command Master Chief Program.
Master Chief Schmidt's previous Command Master Chief tours include Patrol Squadron ONE (VP 1), USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) and Commander, Patrol and Reconnasissance to serve as Command Master Chief completing one overseas deployment to 7th Fleet in support of various operations including Operations Enduring Freedom (Philippians).
In October of 2012, Master Chief Schmidt reported to ELECTRONIC ATTACK SQUADRON ONE THREE FOUR (VAQ-134) where he currently serves as Command Master Chief.
Master Chief Schmidt is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and his personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (7) and other service awards.