VP-45 Command Master Chief
Master Chief Byrd grew up in Port St. Joe, FL and enlisted in the Navy in 1989. Upon completion of Basic Training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, FL he reported to Naval Training Center Millington, TN and completed Aviation Structural Mechanic “A” School.
He reported to his first duty station, the Fighter Squadron FOUR THREE Challengers where he was promoted to Third Class Petty Officer.
Upon completion of Aeronautical Welder’s School in Norfolk, VA he reported to USS GUAM (LPH-9), homeported in Norfolk, VA, from 1993 to 1998. During his tour onboard, the ship completed three deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf and he was meritoriously promoted to Second Class Petty Officer.
He then served as a Recruiter at Navy Recruiting District Raleigh, North Carolina, shortly followed by a tour to Patrol Squadron THIRTY Pros Nest in Jacksonville, FL from 1998 to 2001. During this tour, he was promoted to First Class Petty Officer.
From 2001 to 2005, he served as a Safe-for-Flight Technician for Patrol Squadron FOUR Skinny Dragons, homeported in Kaneohe Bay, HI. He completed two Middle East and Western Pacific deployments and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
From 2005 to 2007, he served as Intermediate Maintenance TWO Division Leading Chief aboard USS NASSAU (LHA-4), homeported in Norfolk, VA. NASSAU completed a Depot Modernization Period in Portsmouth, VA and a Mediterranean and Persian Gulf deployment.
He then transferred to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN (CPRW-11), where he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and received an Associate’s Degree in General Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia University, Jacksonville Campus.
From 2010 to 2014, he served as Quality Assurance Supervisor and Maintenance Master Chief for Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN War Eagles, homeported in Jacksonville, FL. During this tour he completed three deployments to the FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVEN Fleet Areas of Responsibility where he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer.
In 2014, he transferred to the Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE Pelicans, homeported in Jacksonville, FL as the Command Master Chief. Master Chief Byrd’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit awards.