Master Chief Lery enlisted in the Navy on March 4, 1987. He completed his recruit training in Orlando, FL, in May 1987 and went on to attend Electronic Warfare (EW) "A" and “C” schools in Pensacola, FL.
At sea, Master Chief Lery served aboard the USS CUSHING (DD-985) as EW Operator and USS MILWAUKEE (AOR-2) as the Work Center Supervisor deploying in support of Operation Provide Comfort; USS THORN (DD-988) as Leading Petty Officer deploying in support of United Nations embargo of Iraq; USS NASSAU (LHA-2) as EW Leading Chief Petty Officer with deployment in support of Kosovo operations in the Former Yugoslavia Republic; USS VELLA GULF (CG 72) as Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer deploying to NYC on 9/11 and Operation Enduring Freedom; Commander Carrier Group TWO as Assistant Electronic Warfare Officer for Harry S. Truman Strike Group and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Ashore Master Chief Lery served as an Electronic Warfare Technician at Mobile Technical Unit TWO in Norfolk, VA as electronic warfare technical representative and Board of Inspection and Survey evaluator. He has served Commander, Second Fleet as Operations and Plans Directorate Leading Chief Petty Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer. Additionally, he served as Intelligence Directorate Leading Chief Petty Officer and Fleet Electronic Warfare Officer at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Command Master Chief tours include Joint CREW Composite Squadron ONE (JCCS-1) in support of Improvised Explosive Device suppression operations in Iraq, Strike Fighter Squadron ELEVEN embarked onboard USS ENTERPRISE and Carrier Air Wing ONE embarked onboard USS ENTERPRISE deployed in support of Operation NEW DAWN and Enduring Freedom.
Master Chief Lery's military awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (nine awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Good Conduct Medal (seven awards), and numerous campaign and unit awards. He is a graduate of Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 109), Command Master Chief Course (Class 59) in Newport, RI, Naval Intelligence Business Executive Course at Naval Post Graduate School, Monterrey, CA and Keystone Course (11-02) at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C.