A native of Perrin, Texas, Senior Chief Mike Underwood joined the United States Navy in 1996.
In June of 1996, after graduating Aviation Storekeeper “A” School in Meridian, MS he received his first set of orders to the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) homeported in San Diego, CA. During his five year tour he completed two 5th Fleet deployments.
In February of 2001, after completing Aviation Storekeeper “C” School in San Diego, CA he reported to COMVAQWINGPAC DET AIMD Whidbey, Island where he worked as the Local Asset Management System (LAMS) Supervisor and Tool Control Program Coordinator (TCPC).
In April of 2004, upon completion of Storekeeper “C” School in San Diego, CA he reported onboard the USS Higgins (DDG 76). During his tenure he obtained the Hazardous Material Control Management Technician NEC 9595 and worked as the Command Hazmat Coordinator for the duration of his tour. AK2 was also promoted to SK1 while during this tenure.
In March of 2007, SK1 reported to Beachmaster Unit ONE (BMU 1) homeported in Coronado, CA. He was the Supply Department Leading Petty Officer (LPO). During his tenure he did an eight month IA tour to Al Asad, Iraq. In September of 2009 he obtained the rank of Logistic Specialist Chief Petty Officer.
In January of 2010, LSC Underwood reported to Mine Counter Measure Crew Swerve as the Supply Department Leading Chief Petty Officer (DLCPO). In addition to his normal Logistic Specialist responsibilities Chief Underwood also inherited S-2 galley operations onboard the USS Devastator, USS Gladiator, and USS Champion and earned the Blue “E” for two Supply Management Certification (SMC) Inspections. LSC was promoted to LSCS in 2013.
In December of 2013, LSCS Underwood reported to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit ONE operating in Coronado, CA. During his tenure he was the Department Leading Chief Petty Officer.
In May of 2016 SCPO Underwood assumed the position of Command Senior Chief Petty Officer at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Sicily, Italy