COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
CMDCM(AW/SW), UNITED STATES NAVY
Master Chief James C. Ward, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, entered the United States Navy in March 1985 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.
After attending OS "A" School in Dam Neck, Virginia, Master Chief Ward first saw duty as a "Plankowner" aboard USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) in San Diego, California. In April 1990, he reported to Fleet Combat Training Center, Pacific as an instructor for numerous Operations Specialist courses. During this period, he earned the qualification as Master Training Specialist.
In August 1993, he served aboard USS REID (FFG 30) and qualified as Combat Information Center Watch Officer, Anti-Surface/Anti-Submarine Warfare Evaluator and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS). In February 1996, while aboard USS DULUTH (LPD 6), he qualified and stood watch as Officer of the Deck (OOD) Underway.
In March 1998, he assumed duties as Afloat Training Group, Pacific Air Warfare Division Leading Chief Petty Officer. He spearheaded several training programs including Battle Force Tactical Training (BFTT) and Objective Training (OBT).
In February 2001, he joined the staff of Amphibious Group One/Task Force 76 in Okinawa, Japan as Force Scheduler. He directed the theater-wide engagement and presence operations for the foward-deployed USS ESSEX Amphibiuos Ready Group and multiple transiting Ampibious Task Forces operating in the SEVENTHFLT area of responsibility.
In June 2003, Master Chief Ward earned selection for the Command Master Chief program. In January 2004, he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief Course in Newport, Rhode Island.
His previous Command Master Chief tours include Electronic Attack Squadron 135 (VAQ-135), Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) San Deigo, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO ONE (HSC-21), and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron TEN (HS-10).
In August 2012, he assumed his current position as Command Master Chief of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE (HSC-3) at North Island, San Diego, California.
Master Chief Ward's personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy Commendation Medals, five Navy Achievement Medals, as well as unit and campaign awards.