Senior Enlisted Leader
ETCS(IDW/SW) Gregory B. Ballard
Senior Chief Ballard is a native of Washington State, where he graduated high school from in 1990 and enlisted in the Navy the same year. He completed his “Boot Camp” at RTC, Orlando, Florida and upon completion attended Basic Electronics “A” school onboard NTC Orlando and NTC Great Lakes, Illinois. He completed “C” school training in Norfolk, Virginia from May to September 1992 for HF and UHF systems.
In October 1992, he reported to USS FLINT (AE 32) in Concord, California. During this tour, ETCS Ballard completed his first Western Pacific deployment and was onboard for the decommissioning and transition of the ship to Military Sealift Command.
In September 1995, he was transferred to USS DULUTH (LPD 6) in San Diego, California, and was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer. While onboard, DULUTH deployed, visiting both the Red Sea and Persian Gulf in support of 5th Fleet Operations with the TARAWA (LHA 1) Amphibious Readiness Group.
In January 1997 Senior Chief Ballard reported for his first shore duty tour at Naval Ocean Processing Facility onboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. He qualified as a Duty Maintenance Technician and was the Work Center Supervisor for the Communications Repair shop.
Upon completion of his tour at the NOPF, he volunteered for PRECOM duty. Transferring to the Pre-Commissioning Unit(PCU) LASSEN in Pascagoula, Mississippi he advanced to First Class Petty Officer. He was a Plank Owner aboard USS LASSEN (DDG 82) as she commissioned in April 2001. During this tour, he qualified as a Combat Systems Coordinator and completed a 10 month deployment to the Western Pacific with the CARL VINSON (CVN 70) Battle Group. Prior to his transfer, he was selected and advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
ETCS Ballard reported to the Tactical Support Center (TSC) in Kaneohe, Hawaii in October 2004. While onboard he served as the Senior Enlisted Leader and 3M Coordinator for the TSC, and was also responsible for maintenance funding requirements for all Tactical Support Centers under Director, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific (DPGRP) control in the 3rd and 7th Fleet AOR’s.
In April 2008, Senior Chief Ballard reported to USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). He served as the Combat Systems 3M Assistant and INSURV coordinator. While onboard, the ship completed two deployments to the 5th Fleet AOR, a 9 month yard period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, and successfully passed INSURV and TYCOM 3M Inspections.
Senior Chief Ballard reported to TSCOMM Whidbey Island in June 2011, where he served as the Maintenance LCPO. In June 2012 ETCS Ballard was selected for advancement to Senior Chief and in December of 2012 became the Senior Enlisted Leader for NCTAMS PAC Det Puget Sound.
Chief Ballard’s awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and Battle E. Senior Chief Ballard is married to his wonderful wife of 13 years and has three beautiful daughters.