COMMAND MASTER JAMES A. RITCH
UNITED STATES NAVY
A native of Woodland, California, Master Chief Ritch, enlisted in the Navy in January 1990 and attended basic training in Orlando, Forida. He graduated from Electronics Technician Class “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois, in 1991 and attended Electronics Technician Class “C” School, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), in San Diego prior to his first permanent duty assignment.
Master Chief Ritch's sea duty assignments include USS GARY (FFG 51), Naval Special Warfare Group One Mobile Communications Team (MCT), USS BOXER (LHD 4), and USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76), and VAW-117 "World Famous" Wallbangers.
Master Chief Ritch's shore assignments include Service School Command Great Lakes, Center for Surface Combat Systems Detachment West, and Commander Naval Air Forces.
Master Chief Ritch has attended multiple naval technical and leadership courses during his career.
Master Chief Ritch's personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards).
Master Chief Ritch holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Technology Management (Project Management) from the University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electronics Systems Technology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.