VAQ-142 Gray Wolves

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CMDCM Patrick Strawbridge

Commanding Officer  |  Executive Officer 

Command Master Chief

Patrick W. Strawbridge
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Patrick W. Strawbridge is a native of Houston, Texas.  He reported for active duty on 05 January 1988 to Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois for basic training.  He graduated Avionics A1 A-School from NATTC, Millington, Tennessee, in September of 1988.  Master Chief Strawbridge reported to his first duty station in October as a Sea Op Det technician out of NAS Oceana, deploying in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM while promoting to Petty Officer Third Class.  In January of 1992 he reported to AIMD North Island and was promoted to Second Class Petty Officer.  In February of 1994, he transferred to AIMD North Island Sea Op Det and served a split-tour to fill ship’s company billets on USS NIMITZ and USS CARL VINSON.  In 1996 he was meritoriously promoted to Petty Officer First Class.   He reported in April 1998 to NAS North Island, serving in various Leading Petty Officer billets and was honored as the Sea Control Wing Shore Sailor of the Year.  In 2001 he reported to CARL VINSON for ship’s company orders; answering the nation’s call during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and promoting to Chief Petty Officer in 2003.  Master Chief Strawbridge reported for duty in April 2004 to CNATTU Whidbey Island, earning his Master Training Specialist designation and promoting to Senior Chief Petty Officer.  In September of 2007 he became a “Liberty Bell” of VAW-115, forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan.  During this tour he earned his Safe for Flight designation and was selected for promotion to Master Chief Petty Officer.  He reported to NATTC in Pensacola, Florida for duty in September 2010 where he served as the Avionics Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and was selected to the Command Master Chief program in 2012.  After graduating from the Command Leadership School, he reported to the “Gray Wolves” of VAQ-142 for duty as the Command Master Chief in October 2012.  Master Chief Strawbridge’s 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.  He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (with honors) and holds a Baccalaureate of Science in Psychology Degree.  He is married to the former Wendy Kane of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.  They have a son Ryan, currently serving with the U.S. Army, and two daughters, Gavriella and Josilynn.