Command Master Chief Huff entered the Navy and completed his basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL in October 1986.
Huff's first assignment was aboard VAW-113, deployed aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) and USS INDEPENDENCE CV 62), where he made 6 month deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean and qualified as an Administration clerk.
His next assignment was aboard VF-101, home-ported in Virginia Beach, VA as a Logs and Record Clerk. It was during this tour that he was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer.
In August 1993, Command Master Chief Huff transferred to VA-35 and deployed aboard USS SARATOGA (CVA 60) where he served as Leading Petty Officer and earned his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist designation. During this tour the squadron received the Grumman Aerospace Golden Wrench for Maintenance excellence, Grand Slam and the Clifton Award prior to their decommissioning.
In February 1995, he was reported to VAW-121 as the Maintenance Control Leading Petty Officer where he received the Battle “E” ribbon. During this tour, Master Chief Huff was advanced to First Class Petty Officer.
His next assignment was onboard Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) of NAS Oceana where he served as Power Plants Production Control Leading Petty Officer. Here, he was selected as Sailor of the Year and was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
In August 2000, Command Master Chief Huff transferred to the Tomcatters of Fighter Squadron Thirty-One (VF-31) and deployed aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation.
Continuing on sea duty, Command Master Chief Huff transferred to Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet serving as the Naval Aviation Logistic command Management Information System Optimized Organizational Maintenance (NALCOMIS) Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO).
In September 2006 Command Master Chief Huff assumed duties as the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Norfolk Senior Enlisted Advisor.
In May 2009, Command Master Chief Huff reported to the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). Upon successful completion of his tour on the USS Donald Cook, Command Master Chief Huff reported onboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in May 2012 as the final Command Master Chief of the 51-year-old carrier.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Senior Non-commissioned Officer Academy and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course, Class 59.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards); and various unit and campaign awards.