FORCM(EXW) Jeffrey A. Covington
Force Master Chief, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
Force Master Chief (EXW) Jeffrey A. Covington is a native of St. Louis, Mo. He enlisted in the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program in July 1979 and reported for boot camp in November 1979. He completed Recruit Training and Hull Maintenance Technician “A” School in San Diego, Calif., and attended numerous advanced Hull Technician “C” schools.
His duty assignments include: USS Vulcan (AR-5) Norfolk, Va.; Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Charleston, S.C.; Submarine Base Pearl Harbor Det. 618, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 112, St. Louis, Mo.; Naval Inshore Undersea Warfare Group II, Williamsburg, Va.; and Naval Coastal Warfare Group One Mobile Training Team (NCWG-1 MTT), San Diego, Calif.
Force Master Chief Covington was selected for the Command Master Chief program in March 2004 and reported as the Command Master Chief (CMDCM) of NCWG-1, San Diego, Calif., where he served until October 2005. He completed successful tours as the CMDCM at Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron 30 from 2006-2007; U.S. Naval Forces Iraq from 2007-2008; U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/ 5TH FLEET from 2008-2010; and Riverine Group One from 2010-2011. He is currently serving as the NECC Force Master Chief.
During his tours, Force Master Chief Covington deployed to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom I & II, Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He also deployed as the Inshore Undersea Warfare Liaison Officer to the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division for Operation Uphold Democracy in Port Au Prince, Haiti, in addition to numerous fleet exercises across the globe.
Force Master Chief Covington is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA NRC Pilot Class), the Command Master Chief/Chief of Boat course 10-060, the National Defense University Keystone Senior Enlisted Leadership course, the U.S. Army Chemical School as a Disaster Preparedness Operation Specialist, and the Joint Special Operations University Special Operations Senior Enlisted Course. He also successfully completed Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE Class 06-200) training at Warner Springs.
Force Master Chief Covington’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Expert Rifle, Expert Pistol and numerous unit and campaign awards. He is qualified as an Expeditionary Warfare Specialist.