Command Master Chief Lees, a native of East Islip New York, graduated from East Islip High School in 1984 and enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1984. He completed Recruit Training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California and continued onto Radioman “A” school graduating in January 1985. Master Chief Lees returned to San Diego in June 1989 to complete Communications Technician “C” school.
Master Chief Lees sea duties consist of the USS Biddle (CG-34), USS Saipan (LHA-2), USS STUMP (DD-978), Special Boat Unit Twenty Four, Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Riverine Squadron Two, and Maritime Civil Affaris and Security Training Command. During his career he has completed a total of seven deployments; deploying to Iraq, the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, and Mediterranean Sea with port visits in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.
Ashore, Master Chief was stationed at Fleet Information Warfare Center Norfolk VA, NCTAMSLANT Norfolk VA, and NCTAMSMED Naples IT.
Upon graduating from the Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief Course in March 2008 Master Chief Lees received orders as the Command Master Chief of Riverine Squadron Two. In May 2012 Master Chief Lees reported to his Assignment at Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command. In September 2013 he reported to HSC-28 in Norfolk VA, as the Command Master Chief.
Personal awards include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (Two Awards), Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal with two gold stars, along with various unit and service awards. Master Chief is qualified as an Expeditionary Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.