Command Master Chief
Eric M. Kinnaman
Command Master Chief
A native of Greenfield, IN, Master Chief Petty Officer Kinnaman enlisted in the Navy in September of 1995. He completed basic training and reported to NATTC Millington, TN for Aviation Electronics Technician A-School, attended NAMTRAGRU FRAMP School for the P-3 Orion, and was subsequently assigned to the Gray Knights of VP-46. He reported in June of 1996 and completed three deployments.
After returning from deployment, he reported to Jacksonville, FL and the “Pro’s Nest” of Patrol Squadron THIRTY. In May, 2003, he was advanced to First Class Petty Officer and received orders to BUPERS SDC Dallas, TX. In August 2007, he was selected to join the ranks of the Chief Petty Officer, and was inducted at NAS Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, TX. Shortly after, he departed Texas for Brunswick, ME and the “Old Buzzards” of Special Projects Patrol Squadron ONE.
When NAS Brunswick closed, due to Base Realignment and Closure, he homeport-changed the Old Buzzards to NAS Jacksonville, FL. In 2012, he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer and disestablished VPU-1.
After attending instructor training at NSB Kings Bay, GA, he reported to CNATTU Jacksonville, FL. In April 2014, he was designated as the Senior Enlisted Leader for its civilian and military personnel. Here he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy, earned his Master Training Specialist designation, and was selected for Master Chief Petty Officer.
Master Chief Kinnaman reported to USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) as the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department LCPO in July of 2015 where he deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and was selected into the Command Senior Enlisted Leader Program.
In June, 2017, he reported to the Gray Wolves of VAQ-142 where he currently serves as the Command Master Chief.
His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), Iraqi and Afghanistan campaign medals, and numerous other personal and unit awards.