INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN
MASTER CHIEF (IDW/SW/AW)
RUSSELL A. BREISCH
Master Chief Petty Officer Breisch is a 1984 graduate of Columbia Montour Vocational Technical High School, Pennsylvania. He has completed his Bachelor of Science degree and in Management Studies with University of Maryland, University College Europe. His professional Military Education includes the Navy Chief Petty Officer Leadership Course.
Master Chief Breisch entered the Navy on April 5, 1985, and completed Basic Military Training at San Diego Recruit Training Command, Naval Training Center, California. He graduated from the Radioman “A” school course at Naval Training Center, San Diego, California in October 1985. His initial assignment was at Naval Communications Area Master Station Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia. While stationed there, he was assigned to the fleet relay center and advanced to the rank of RM3. In September 1989, he reported to USS PAUL (FF 1080) homeported in Mayport, Florida. While on deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, he advanced to RM2 and qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Returning to shore duty at Commander Destroyer Squadron Eight in September 1992, he was assigned as the Staff Communications Leading Petty Officer. He was advanced to first class Petty Officer just prior to transfer. In October 1995, Master Chief Breisch transferred to Naval Communications Detachment Chinhae, Korea. His assignment was as the Leading Petty Officer for the Operations Department. The commanding officer cited him for his exceptional technical and managerial skills, and he was selected 1997 Sailor of the Year. He then reported to Commander Amphibious Squadron Eleven, embarked on board USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), located in Sasebo, Japan. On board, Master Chief Breisch was assigned as Staff Communications Leading Petty Officer. He qualified as Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist within six months on board, and was selected as 1998 Sailor of the Year. He was advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and transferred to USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) as Leading Chief Petty Officer radio division. During the first two months he qualified as Officer of the Deck and re-qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. While assigned to the Belleau Wood, the ship was involved in three no notice deployments to, Bevel Incline (Indonesia), Persian Gulf and East Timor. Following the Belleau Wood, he transferred to Defense Information Systems Agency, Pacific, in June of 2000, located at Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii. During this assignment he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Master Chief Breisch was then selected to serve as the Non- Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Exercise & Contingencies Branch from November 2001 to June 2003. During this year and half Master Chief Breisch was assigned to various field exercises in Korea, Alaska and the Philippines. Prior to transferring in May 2003, Master Chief Breisch was awarded the 2003 Federal Executive Board Service Award for Community Outstanding Volunteer for the Pacific Fleet. Master Chief Breisch transfer from Hawaii and continue his career onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), homeported in Everett, Washington, where he served as the Information Branch Leading Chief Petty Officer from 2003-2008. During the ship’s 2004, ten month overhaul in Bremerton, Washington, he was advanced to Master Chief Petty Officer. During the same year the ship was deployed in Western Pacific Theater being diverted to assist in Tsunami relieve efforts in Indonesia. USS Abraham Lincoln completed a second Western Pacific deployment in 2006, and return to the Bremerton Naval Shipyard the same year. During the spring of 2008, USS Abraham Lincoln deployed to the Persian Gulf where they remained on station for the summer. Master Chief Breisch departed Abraham Lincoln in the summer of 2008, to report to Naval Computers and Telecommunications Station Naples, Italy, where he served as ONE Network Infrastructure Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. During 2010, the command re-aligned into the new CYBERFOR structure. In December 2010, he qualified as an Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialist. After completing this tour, Master Chief Breisch transferred to Naval Computers and Telecommunications Strategic Communications Unit Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in July 2011. Here he serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader and Assistant Officer-in-Charge for the command and two detachments located at Travis Air Force Base, California and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
During his naval career, Master Chief Breisch’s awards and decorations include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (1 star), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 Stars), Joint Meritorious unit award (2 OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation (1 OLC), Navy Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Commendation (1 Star), Battle Efficiency ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal (4 stars), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service ribbon (4 Stars), Overseas Service ribbon (5 Stars), Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Expert Pistol Medal.