Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Michael Bates entered the delayed entry program in September 1987 and attended Recruit Training Command in San Diego, California in January 1988 and Damage Controlman "A" School in San Francisco, CA in March 1988.
His previous assignments have included, USS Detroit (AOE-4) 1988-1990. USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) 1990-1992. USS Savannah (AOR-4) 1992-1995. USS Enterprise (CVN-65) 1995-1997. Upon successful completion of 9 years of Sea duty he transferred to his first shore duty Afloat Training Group Norfolk, VA 1997-2000 during this tour that he was selected and advanced to Chief. His next shore duty assignment was (AFDL-6) Dynamic Floating Dry Dock as the Dock Master 2000-2003. He then returned back to sea duty onboard USS Nicholas (FFG-47) 2003-2006. Following this tour he reported to Commander Patrol Coastal Squadron 2006-2008 during this tour he was advanced to Senior Chief. His next assignments were USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) 2008-2011. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 2011-2013 during this tour he was advanced to Master Chief and was selected to the Command Master Chief Program.
Command Master Chief Bates reported aboard Strike Fighter Squadron Three Seven Ragin’ Bulls in Virginia Beach, VA June 2013 where he is currently serving. He holds an Associates of Science in Marine Engineering, is a graduate of the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Leadership School.
His awards and decorations include Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (6 awards), numerous individual, Campaign, and Unit awards, 2010 COMNAVAIRPAC Leadership Award and 2011 Carl Vinson (Swamp Fox Leadership Award).
He and his wife Natalie have been married for 25 years and have three children, Erica 24, Michael 22 and Joshua 18.