Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief
Command Master Chief
Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ONE
Master Chief Jonathan Crisafulli, a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, enlisted in the United States Navy in April 1994. Upon completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, he reported to Naval Technical Training Center, Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida where he completed Cryptologic Technician Technical “A” school.
Upon graduation, he reported for duty at Naval Security Group Detachment Denver, Colorado as a CLASSIC WIZARD Operator. His next assignment sent him to Naval Security Group Activity, Rota, Spain as a subsurface direct support operator. Additionally, during this tour, he completed a Mediterranean deployment onboard USS LASALLE (AGF 3) while assigned to the Commander, SIXTH Fleet staff.
In July 1999, he reported for duty to Naval Technical Training Center, Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida as a CTT “A” and “C” school instructor. During his tour, he was part of the team that revised the CTT and EW “A” school curriculum prior to the CTT/EW rating merger. He then cut his shore duty short and volunteered to fill an EW billet onboard the USS HUE CITY (CG 66) in Mayport, Florida. During this tour he completed a FIFTH Fleet deployment conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations in the Arabian Gulf.
His follow on tour was as a Technical Electronic Intelligence Analyst at SPAWAR Space Field Activity in Chantilly, Virginia where he conducted Testing and Evaluation of new systems. In 2006, he was selected as the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Senior Enlisted Leader of the Year.
In January 2007, he reported for duty onboard USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) as the Operations Department LCPO where he completed another deployment to the FIFTH Fleet Area of Responsibility. In 2009 he was selected for the Command Senior Chief program and briefly reported to Navy Information Operations Command, San Diego, California before receiving orders to USS RENTZ (FFG 46).
As the Command Senior/Master Chief of RENTZ, he completed a highly successful deployment to FOURTH Fleet conducting Counter-Drug operations. He reported to his current assignment as Command Master Chief of HSM-71 in February 2013.
He is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Class 148 (Khaki Group) and the Command Master Chief/Chief of Boat Capstone Course Class 71. He also earned his Enlisted Surface and Aviation Warfare qualifications and Master Training Specialist designation.
His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit and campaign awards.