Commander, Naval Air Forces > HELSEACOMBATRON FIVE > CMC





     Senior Chief Barry Deckert, a native of Bellevue, Kentucky, graduated from Bellevue High School in 1994 and entered the Navy under the delayed entry program.  He attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.  After completion of basic training, he attended “A” school in Pensacola, FL, and received the rate of Aviation Electrician’s Mate. 


     His first duty station was with the “Atlas” Marines and Sailors at HMT-303, stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA, where he served as an Avionics Technician and performed maintenance on UH-1N, HH-1N, and AW-1N helicopters.  His next assignment was with the “Wolfpack” of HSL-45, located in Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, CA.  It was here that he advanced to the rank of Petty Officer First Class and qualified as an Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist.  He also completed deployments on board the USS OLDENDORF (DD 972) with Detachment SEVEN, the USS INGRAHAM (FFG 61) with Detachment ONE, and the USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) with Detachment FOUR. 


     Upon return from deployment with Detachment FOUR, Senior Chief Deckert transferred to the “Swampfoxes” at HSL-44, stationed in Mayport, FL as a Quality Assurance Representative, where he qualified Safe-for-Flight and advanced to Chief Petty Officer.  Shortly after selection to Chief, he was ordered to report the “Scorpions” of HSL-49.  There, Senior Chief Deckert deployed as the Detachment FIVE  Leading Chief Petty Officer on board the USS THACH (FFG 43) which completed an around-the-world deployment and qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.  From there, Senior Chief Deckert transferred to instructor duty at Naval Air Technical Training Center, Pensacola, FL.  During his tour he managed the Aviation Fundamentals courses for all avionic rates in the Navy and Marine Corps, qualified as a Master Training Specialist, and advanced to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. 


     Senior Chief Deckert is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 180, Blue Group).  He has earned an Associates of Science Degree in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2013, and is nearing completion of his Bachelor degree from the same university.  He reported to the “Nightdippers” of HSC-5 in June 2014, and assumed the position of Command Senior Enlisted Leader in November 2014.  His personal awards include:  Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards) and various unit and campaign awards.