CMDCM (IDW/SW/AW) Alicia Barnes
Command Master Chief
A native of Bronx, New York, Command Master Chief Barnes graduated from Harry S. Truman High School and joined the ranks of our Navy in October 1984. In 1985, she reported to Patrol Squadron 31 for Basic Airman Training on the P-3C Orion aircraft, and then to Patrol Squadron 47 at Moffett Field, California. While attached to VP-47, she was designated as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) and was advanced to Third Class Petty Officer.
In 1987, Master Chief Barnes transferred to Naval Air Station, Adak, where she was assigned to the Operations Department Crash and Fire Division as Driver and Crew Chief of the P-17 Crash Fire Truck and the work center supervisor, prior to her transfer to Naval Air Technical Training Center, Lakehurst, NJ for Security School. Upon completion, she was assigned to the Security Dept. NAVSTA Puget Sound Seattle, WA. There she served as Command Investigator, Assistant Urinalysis Coordinator, Alternate Evidence Custodian, and Physical Security Coordinator. In 1990, she was both NAVSTA Puget Sound “Sailor of the Quarter” and “Sailor of the Year.”
Master Chief Barnes was approved for conversion to Legalman in 1991. After completion of Naval Justice School, she transferred to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO (VQ-2) in Rota, Spain, as an Independent Duty Legalman. In April 1995, she transferred to Commander, Naval Base Jacksonville as 1 of 3 Staff Duty Legalman and advanced to Legalman First Class.
Sea Service tour included USS WASP (LHD 1) in 1998 as Independent Duty Legalman. In less than a year, she completed her Enlisted Surface Warfare qualification, thereby obtaining dual warfare qualifications. She served as Executive Dept. Leading Petty Officer of four divisions and held various collateral duties. Additionally, she qualified Officer of the Deck (In-port) and Junior Officer of the Deck (Underway) and conning officer, positions normally reserved for officers. In September 2000, she was promoted to Chief.
In June 2001, she transferred to Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s Waterfront Support Unit in Norfolk, VA where she served as Leading Chief Petty Officer. There, she led a legal team that embarked onboard Ships home-ported in the region, providing the full range of legal and military justice services and training more than 30 collateral-duty legal officers and Yeoman. In addition, she served as LCPO for 2,500 temporarily assigned officers and enlisted personnel, Casualty Assistance Calls Officer and Command Duty Officer. In April 2003, she was promoted to Senior Chief. Master Chief Barnes reported to Naval Legal Service Office Southeast as the Senior Enlisted Advisor in the summer of 2004, after completing the Air Force Senior Enlisted Academy. There she was responsible for the training, supervision, and career progression of enlisted personnel assigned to the Command’s five offices across the Southeast Region. In April 2008, she was promoted to Master Chief.
She later transferred to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes. While serving as a Recruit Division Commander, she led one division which resulted in her division receiving the distinguished “CNO” Honor Award for excellent performance in training. She later became RTC Pacific Fleet LCPO/SEL where she led a diverse staff tasked with training half of the 43,000 recruits annually.
She previously served as CMC onboard USS BAINBRIDGE (DDG 96) from November 2009 to August 2012, where she completed two deployments and the crew earned several awards, including the Battle “E” and the ARLEIGH BURKE Award for Atlantic Fleet in 2011.
Military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with four Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, and various other personal and service awards. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University.
She reported to her current assignment as Command Master Chief of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Maryland in September 2012.