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CMDCM (AW/SW) James B. Daniels JR.

Command Master Chief

United States Navy      

        Master Chief Daniels was born in Miami Florida, as a child his family relocated to Albany GA. He graduated from Dougherty High School in the summer of 1986 and entered the Navy through the Delayed Entry Program in December 1986. He completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. in February, 1987.

        Following Recruit Training, Master Chief Daniels reported to OS “A” school in preparation for his assignment in the fleet as an Operations Specialist. His first duty assignment was aboard USS DEWEY (DDG-45) in Charleston, SC until Dewey’s decommissioning. His follow on sea tours were USS THORN (DD-988) also in Charleston SC., USS VICKSBURG (CG-69) in Mayport FL., USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in Norfolk VA. and USS COWPENS (CG-63) in Yokosuka Japan. Master Chief Daniels shore tours are Security detachment NAS Jacksonville FL., and Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) Jacksonville FL. In 2008 he served as the Navy Element’s Senior Enlisted Leader for Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in Tampa FL and AL Udeid Air base in Qatar until 2010; while there he applied for and was accepted into the Command Master Chief program. Master Chief Daniels then served as Command Master Chief for Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Five (HS-5). In February 2012, he became the Command Master Chief of Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC). In December 2014 he became the Command Master Chief of Patrol Squadron TWO SIX (VP-26). Master Chief Daniels is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy Class 139 Khaki Group and the Navy’s Command Leadership School.

        His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service medal (2), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), and various other unit and personal awards