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CMDCM Benjamin H. Bilyeu

 

CMDCM(AW/SW) Benjamin H. Bilyeu
Command Master Chief

Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1)

Command Master Chief Ben Bilyeu was born in Kansas City, Missouri and enlisted into the United States Navy in 1996.

 

Upon graduating Recruit Training and Airman Apprenticeship Training in Great Lakes, IL he then reported to the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) from February 1997 to October 2002. While assigned as a Crash and Salvage Crewman, he executed the 1997-1998 Around the World deployment supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, advanced from an undesignated Airman Recruit to an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Petty Officer Second Class, and earned the Enlisted Aviation and Surface Warfare Specialist qualifications.

 

His follow-on tour was Navy Recruiting District Kansas City from December 2002 to December 2005. In June 2005, he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer, and earned the Recruiter-in-Charge (RINC) qualification.

 

He then reported to the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) from December 2005 to October 2011. In September 2008, he was inducted as a Chief Petty Officer. While assigned as the Crash and Salvage Leading Chief Petty Officer and Flight Deck Aircraft Director, he provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the country of Haiti during Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE, and executed the 2010-2011 combat deployment supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.

 

His follow-on tour was Naval Support Activity Washington in Washington D.C. from October 2011 to April 2014. In July 2012, he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer, where he later was hand-selected as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader to fill a gapped Command Master Chief billet at the Washington Navy Yard from June 2013 to November 2013. During which time, on 16 September 2013 he provided critical decision making and council to his Commanding Officer throughout the Washington Navy Yard “Active Shooter” attack, the largest attack in history on a naval installation. In February 2014, he was selected into the Command Senior Chief program.

 

He then reported as the Command Senior Chief to the Bloodhounds of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron THREE ZERO (VX-30) in Point Mugu, CA from June 2014 to October 2016. In May 2015, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer.

 

His follow-on tour was the Fighting Blacklions of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO ONE THREE (VFA-213) in Virginia Beach, VA from October 2016 to May 2018. In January 2017, he executed a combat deployment supporting Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

 

In June 2018, he reported as the Command Master Chief of Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1).

 

He is a graduate from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 180 - Khaki Group), and CMC/COB Capstone Course (Class 131), located at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.

 

His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (one gold star); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two gold stars); Good Conduct Medal (one silver star); National Defense Service Medal (one bronze star); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.​