CMDCM(AW/SW) Bill Smalts
Master Chief Petty Officer Bill Smalts was born in southern California where he lived for 12 years before moving to east Texas. A graduate of Palestine High School he joined the Navy in November 1986.
Master Chief received recruit and seaman apprentice training in Great Lakes, IL. His first duty assignment was aboard the USS L.Y. Spear (AS 36) where he earned his surface warfare qualification and deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. Other sea duty assignments include USS Simpson (FFG 56), USS Briscoe (DD 977) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). He also served in two expeditionary commands in the U.S. Navy Cargo Handling and Port Group and Riverine Squadron Three.
His shore tours include the Commander in Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet Admirals Barge, the Afloat Training Group Atlantic and as Command Master Chief of Naval Air Station Oceana in 2011.
Master Chief Smalts was selected to the Command Master Chief program in 2007 and was subsequently selected to attend the Australian Command and Staff College. In 2008 he reported for duty as Command Master Chief, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Four while forward deployed in USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Under his leadership the BEAR ACES won the CNAL Battle “E” twice, CNO Safety “S” twice, 2009 Commander Pacific Fleet retention excellence and Blue “M” awards, and the RADM Frank Akers award for the first time in two decades.
Master Chief assumed the duties as the 13th Command Master Chief of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in May 2013.
Master Chief Smalts is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief course. He completed the Keystone leadership course with the National Defense University in July 2010. In January 2008 he graduated from the United States Marine Corps School of Infantry in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He also completed combined/joint studies at the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, Australia earning a degree in Maritime Studies from the University of Wollongong. In 2012 he completed the Navy’s Senior Leader Seminar at the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. Master Chief is also qualified as an Afloat and Master Training specialists.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), and various unit and campaign awards. He has also earned his Enlisted Surface and Aviation Warfare Specialist qualifications.