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   CMDCM (SW/AW) Melissa K. Black

   Command Master Chief


Master Chief Black, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., enlisted in the United States Navy in May 1990. After completion of recruit training in Orlando, Fla., she attended Signalman “A” school and reported to her first fleet assignment aboard USNS Neosho (T-AO 143) in Norfolk, Va.  Her fleet assignments as a Signalman include USNS Joshua Humphrey’s (T-AO 188), USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189), and USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201). Master Chief Black reported to the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in March 2000 where she served as the Leading Petty Officer for Navigation Department during Operation Enduring Freedom.

From April 2002 through February 2005, she served as a Leadership Instructor at Naval Leader Training Unit where she earned her Associates in Science and Master Training Specialist.

In February 2005, Master Chief Black reported to the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as the Navigation Department Leading Chief Petty Officer where she completed two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.

Master Chief Black reported to USS Independence (LCS 2) Blue Crew in December 2008 where she served as the Command Master Chief during the Commissioning, Testing and Trials of the Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ship.

Master Chief Black is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy. In 2010, Master Chief earned her Bachelor’s in Science degree. 

Master Chief Black’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (5 awards).  In addition, Master Chief Black is qualified to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignias.