Master Chief Elkin hails from Charlotte, NC and enlisted in the United States Navy in November 1989. Upon completion of Recruit Training in Orlando, FL he reported to Pensacola, FL for Naval Aircrewman Candidate School.
AVCM Elkin then proceeded to Millington, TN and Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) "A" school. His first duty assignment was to the "Shadows" of TACAMO and Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Four (VQ-4), located at NAS Patuxent River, MD where he qualified as an In-Flight Technician on the E-6A "Mercury" aircraft.
AVCM Elkin then completed a homeport change with VQ-4 to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, OK in 1993. 1995 he reported to NAMTRAGRUDET 1080 as an E-6A/B Flight Deck/Mission Avionics instructor and earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) qualification, Master Training Specialist (MTS) designation and an Associate of Science from Excelsior College.
During his second tour at VQ-4, he qualified as an E-6A and E-6B NATOPS Instructor/Evaluator, Release Safe for Flight and in 2001 was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. In February 2006, ATC(AW/NAC) Elkin reported for duty with the "Pelicans" of VP-45 as a Maintenance Control Chief Petty Officer. Qualified to release the P-3C "Orion" Safe for Flight and embarked on multiple deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
In September 2009, ATCS Elkin reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic Det JAX (CHSCWL) via the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Newport, RI, Class 149(Khaki). During his assignment at CHSCWL, Senior Chief Elkin was selected as a Command Senior Chief and he attended the CMC/COB course, class 95 at the Command Leadership School. ATCS Elkin then transferred onboard Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville in November 2011 as the first CSC(9578) at FACSFACJAX.
Master Chief Elkin's personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards), and numerous unit commendations, campaign medals and service ribbons.